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Description - Indian Secularism by Shabnum Tejani

Many of the central issues in modern Indian politics have long been understood in terms of an opposition between ideologies of secularism and communalism. Observers have argued that recent Hindu nationalism is the symptom of a crisis of Indian secularism and have blamed this on a resurgence of religion or communalism. Shabnum Tejani unpacks prevailing assumptions about the meaning of secularism in contemporary politics, focusing on India but with many points of comparison elsewhere in the world. She questions the simple dichotomy between secularism and communalism that has been used in scholarly study and political discourse. Tracing the social, political, and intellectual genealogies of the concepts of secularism and communalism from the late nineteenth century until the ratification of the Indian constitution in 1950, she shows how secularism came to be bound up with ideas about nationalism and national identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253220448
ISBN-10: 0253220440
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Shabnum Tejani

Shabnum Tejani is Lecturer in Modern South Asian History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.