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Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India #2020

Creating a New Medina State Power Islam and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India This book examines how the idea of Pakistan was articulated and debated in the public sphere and how popular enthusiasm was generated for its successful achievement especially in the crucial province

  • Title: Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India
  • Author: Venkat Dhulipala
  • ISBN: 9781316258408
  • Page: 248
  • Format: ebook
  • Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India By Venkat Dhulipala, This book examines how the idea of Pakistan was articulated and debated in the public sphere and how popular enthusiasm was generated for its successful achievement, especially in the crucial province of UP now Uttar Pradesh in the last decade of British colonial rule in India It argues that Pakistan was not a simply a vague idea that serendipitously emerged as a nationThis book examines how the idea of Pakistan was articulated and debated in the public sphere and how popular enthusiasm was generated for its successful achievement, especially in the crucial province of UP now Uttar Pradesh in the last decade of British colonial rule in India It argues that Pakistan was not a simply a vague idea that serendipitously emerged as a nation state, but was popularly imagined as a sovereign Islamic State, a new Medina, as some called it In this regard, it was envisaged as the harbinger of Islam s renewal and rise in the twentieth century, the new leader and protector of the global community of Muslims, and a worthy successor to the defunct Turkish Caliphate The book also specifically foregrounds the critical role played by Deobandi ulama in articulating this imagined national community with an awareness of Pakistan s global historical significance.

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    1. An important addition to the historiography of partition It decisively destroys Ayesha Jalal s thesis that tries to portray Jinnah as a reluctant Pakistani and that Pakistan was a result of a bargaining game gone awry In fact, Mohammad Iqbal had a huge influence on Jinnah and shaped his views The author here tries to show how Pakistan was a result of hegemonic Islamic ideology He convincingly argues how Pakistan has always been imagined as an ideological Islamic state, as a new Medina and a vehi [...]

    2. This is a towering work, in terms of its depth and originality The author delves into the intense debates about Pakistan in the Urdu press of the then United Provinces now Uttar Pradesh of colonial India He uses the notion of information order in India society, first articulated by Amartya Sen to show that the Pakistan movement generated a flow of ideas, fears and aspirations among the Muslim communities of North India Mobilization for Pakistan wasnt based merely a last minute rallying call of I [...]

    3. A work of painstaking research, this monumental account of the origins of Pakistan by Venkat Dhulipala is must read for those interested in the history of India Pakistan partition history The author busts many myths He delves into the literature of the 1940s northern India, particularly that of Uttar Pradesh and goes on to prove that Jinnah was no secular, not all Deoband Maulanas were against partition and Pakistan wasn t an accidental creation It was certainly not a bargaining tool used by Jin [...]

    4. Venkat Dhulipala presents an overview of prevailing ideas regarding the formation of Pakistan and provides evidence to his claim that formation of Pakistan was strictly a U.P elite led project for obtaining a Muslim homeland Better books, with better evidence such as books by Francis Robinson s Separatism Among Indian Muslims The Politics of the United Provinces Muslims, 1860 1923 Over time, my enthusiasm about this book has dampened because of its weak evidence.

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