Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History
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Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History by Shail Mayaram
Book DescriptionHow have the dominant histories of the Indian subcontinent been constructed and how do they deal with the subject of Muslims and Dalits or 'Untouchables'? Taking a subaltern approach - the view from below - "Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History" explores a wide range of issues across history. The essays range across: the creation of the concept of 'the Mussalman' through the work of Hindi writers and publicists in the late nineteenth century; how the re-imaginings of the Mappila peasant 'uprisings' in the early twentieth century constructed a popular image of the fanatic Mussalman; Gandhi's attempt to rethink political relations between Hindus and Muslims; the anomalous position of Kabir within the frameworks of caste and canonicity; the history, politics, and legal aspects of the case of the Dalit murdered on the steps of a Hanuman temple; how authority, property and matriliny in Malabar helped to shape colonial law-making; the rhetoric of the bardic tradition; and, the nationalist imagination.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781905422128
(216mm x 141mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Shail Mayaram
Shail Mayaram is Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and author of Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins and Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity. M.S.S. Pandian's publications include Image Trap: M.G. Ramachandran in Films and Politics. Ajay Skaria teaches history at the University of Minneapolis and is author of Hybrid Histories: Forests, Frontiers and Wildness in Western India.
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