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Anglicisation And The 'Old Islam'

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This chapter focuses on British studies of indigenous institutions in Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Sind and Punjab, conducted between the 1830s and the 1880s. Using the dars-i nizamiyya, articulated by Mulla Nizam al-Din (d. 1748) of the Madrasa-i Farangi Mahal in Lucknow, and used by Robinson and others to establish the intellectual vibrancy of the 18th century, it evaluates instruction in the institutions mentioned in such sources, facilitating a somewhat broader-based portrait of Islamic education in this period than currently available, one that is regionally and chronologically comparative, focusing on the number of different types of schools, their sources of funding, the subjects taught and the students who attended classes. The chapter also accesses R.C. Temple's voluminous collection of Punjabi folk literature, recorded in the original language and forms recited by bards and performers in the 1870s and 1880s.

Keywords: 19th century South Asian Muslims; Anglicisation; British studies; dars-i nizamiyya; Islamic education; Punjabi folk literature; R.C. Temple



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