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Islamic Reform in South Asia

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Attiya Ahmad, Irfan Ahmad, Arshad Alam, Faisal Devji, Nile Green, Farzana Haniffa, Maimuna Huq, Humeira Iqtidar, Rubina Jasani, Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery, Craig Jeffrey, Magnus Marsden, Caroline Osella, Filippo Osella, Francis Robinson, Edward Simpson, Elora Shehabuddin, Sylvia Vatuk, Pnina Werbner
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  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107031753

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  • The articles in this volume build up ethnographic analysis complementary to the historiography of South Asian Islam, which has explored the emergence of reformism in the context of specific political and religious circumstances of nineteenth-century British India. Taking up diverse popular and scholarly debates as well as everyday religious practices, this volume also breaks away from the dominant trend of mainstream ethnographic work, which celebrates Sufi-inspired forms of Islam as tolerant, plural, authentic and so on, pitted against a 'reformist' Islam. Urging a more nuanced examination of all forms of reformism and their reception in practice, the contributions here powerfully demonstrate the historical and geographical specificities of reform projects. In doing so, they challenge prevailing perspectives in which substantially different traditions of reform are lumped together into one reified category (often carelessly shorthanded as 'wah'habism') and branded as extremist – if not altogether demonised as terrorist.

    • Offers a review of various South Asian forms of Islam
    • Demonstrates the historical and geographical specificities of reform projects
    • Assesses the trends such as 'Islamism' and 'global Islam'
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    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107031753
    • length: 535 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 42 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction Filippo Osella and Caroline Osella
    Part I. Reformist Journeys:
    1. The equivocal history of a Muslim reformation Faisal Devji
    2. Islamic reform and modernities in South Asia Francis Robinson
    3. Reform Sufism in South Asia Pnina Werbner
    4. Breathing in India, c.1890 Nile Green
    Part II. Debating Reform:
    5. The enemy within: Madrasa and Muslim identity in North India Arshad Alam
    6. Islamism and social reform in Kerala, South India Filippo Osella and Caroline Osella
    7. Piety as politics amongst Muslim women in contemporary Sri Lanka Farzana Haniffa
    8. The changing perspectives of three Muslim men on the question of saint worship over a 10-year period in Gujarat, Western India Edward Simpson
    9. Women, politics and Islamism in northern Pakistan Magnus Marsden
    10. Violence, reconstruction and Islamic reform: stories from the Muslim ghetto Rubina Jasani
    Part III. Everyday Politics of Reform:
    11. Reading the Qur'an in Bangladesh: the politics of 'belief' among Islamist women Maimuna Huq
    12. Cracks in the 'mightiest fortress': Jamaat-e-Islami's changing discourse on women Irfan Ahmad
    13. Islamic feminism in India: Indian Muslim women activists and the reform of Muslim personal law Sylvia Vatuk
    14. Disputing contraception: Muslim reform, secular change and fertility Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery and Craig Jeffrey
    Part IV. Reform, State and Market:
    15. Cosmopolitan Islam in a diasporic space: foreign resident Muslim women's Halaqa in the Arabian Peninsula Attiya Ahmad
    16. Jamaat-i-Islami in Bangladesh: women, democracy and the transformation of Islamist politics Elora Shehabuddin
    17. Secularism beyond the State: the 'State' and the 'market' in Islamist imagination Humeira Iqtidar
    Index.

  • Editors

    Filippo Osella, University of Sussex
    Filippo Osella is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex.

    Caroline Osella, University of London
    Caroline Osella is Reader in Anthropology with reference to South Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

    Contributors

    Attiya Ahmad, Irfan Ahmad, Arshad Alam, Faisal Devji, Nile Green, Farzana Haniffa, Maimuna Huq, Humeira Iqtidar, Rubina Jasani, Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery, Craig Jeffrey, Magnus Marsden, Caroline Osella, Filippo Osella, Francis Robinson, Edward Simpson, Elora Shehabuddin, Sylvia Vatuk, Pnina Werbner

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