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This book discusses with post-colonial approaches to doctrinal Islam and Muslim practice focused on South Asia. By focusing on Islam and South Asian Muslims in the transition from Mughal to post-colonial South Asia, its chapters explore the foundations of South Asian Muslim post-coloniality, while illuminating the historical roots of late trends common to the Muslim World more generally, in a manner accessible to a broad scholarly audience. The book highlights the influence of Said because the prime insight stimulating late scholastic effervescence in the field of South Asian history, well articulated by Gyanendra Pandey, is that 'Orientalists' and their 'Nationalist' heirs (Indian and Pakistani) were guilty of 'the emptying out of all history - in specific variations in time, place, class, issue - from the political experience of the people, and the identification of religion, or the religious community, as the moving force of all Indian politics'.

Keywords: Indian politics; religious community; South Asian Muslim post-coloniality



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