CONTENTS:- 1. The Muslim and the Christian worlds: shapers of each other. 2. Islam and Muslim society in South Asia. 3. Islam and the impact of print in South Asia. 4. Religious change and the self in Muslim South Asia since 1800. 5. Secularization, weber and Islam. 6. The Muslims of upper India and the shock of the Mutiny. 7. Nation-formation: the brass thesis and Muslim separatism. 8. Islam and Muslim separatism. 9. The Congress and the Muslims: Responses to major contributions to Indo-Muslim history. 10. Sufis and Islamization. 11. Nineteenth-century Indian Islam. 12. Islam in Malabar. 13. Islamic revival. 14. The Jinnah story. 15. Congress Muslims and Indian nationalism.
It is all too rarely realized that one third of the world's Muslim population lives in South Asia. These Muslims have played a major part in both Islamic history and Indian history. The essays in this volume address key themes in these histories:- * The nature of conversion to Islam * The introduction of print and religious change among the Muslims * The move from other-worldly to this-worldly religion and the emergence of individualism * Approaches to understanding 'secularization' in an Islamic context * The huge impact of the events of 1857 and their aftermath on the consciousness of North Indian Muslims * The relationship between Islam and the politics of Muslim separatism * Moving beyond South Asia, the ways in which Muslim and Christian civilizations have fed off each other but, more often than not, chosen to ignore the fact. Several essays have formed part of major academic debates. The collection is rounded off by a series of responses in the form of long reviews to some of the most important contributions over the past twenty years to the Muslim history of South Asia.