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Shi'a Islam in Colonial India
Religion, Community and Sectarianism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society

  • Date Published: November 2011
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  • isbn: 9781139119740

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  • Interest in Shi'a Islam has increased greatly in recent years, although Shi'ism in the Indian subcontinent has remained largely underexplored. Focusing on the influential Shi'a minority of Lucknow and the United Provinces, a region that was largely under Shi'a rule until 1856, this book traces the history of Indian Shi'ism through the colonial period toward independence in 1947. Drawing on a range of new sources, including religious writing, polemical literature and clerical biography, it assesses seminal developments including the growth of Shi'a religious activism, madrasa education, missionary activity, ritual innovation and the politicization of the Shi'a community. As a consequence of these significant religious and social transformations, a Shi'a sectarian identity developed that existed in separation from rather than in interaction with its Sunni counterparts. In this way the painful birth of modern sectarianism was initiated, the consequences of which are very much alive in South Asia today.

    • The first major study of Indian Shi'ism within the framework of modern religious change in the late colonial period
    • There are interesting resonances here with the transformation of Shi'ism in parts of the world other than the Middle East
    • Sheds light on the contest between Shi'ism and Sunnism in the contemporary Islamic world
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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139119740
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Madrasas, mujtahids, and missionaries: Shi'a clerical expansion in colonial India
    2. Mosques, majalis and Muharram: marketplace Shi'ism
    3. Anjumans, endowments and Indian Shi'ism: the making of Shi'a society
    4. Aligarh, jihad, and pan-Islam: the politicisation of the Indian Shi'a
    5. The tabarra agitation and Shi'a-Sunni conflict in late colonial India
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Justin Jones, University of Exeter
    Justin Jones is Lecturer in South Asian History at the University of Exeter.

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