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Shi'a Islam in Colonial India

Jones, Justin:
Shi'a Islam in colonial India : religion, community and sectarianism / Justin Jones. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011. - xxv, 276 S. : Ill., Kt. - (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society ; 18)
ISBN 978-1-107-00460-3
£ 60,00
DDC: 297.82095409034
-- Angekündigt für Februar 2012 --

Interest in Shi'ism Islam has increased greatly in recent years, although Shi'ism in the Indian subcontinent has remained largely underexplored. Focusing on the influential Shi'a minority of Lucknow and the United Provinces, a region that was largely under Shi'a rule until 1856, this book traces the history of Indian Shi'ism through the colonial period toward Independence in 1947. Drawing on a range of new sources, including religious writing, polemical literature, and clerical biography, it assesses seminal developments including the growth of Shi'a religious activism, madrasa education, missionary activity, ritual innovation, and the politicization of the Shi'a community. As a consequence of these significant religious and social transformations, a Shi'a sectarian identity developed that existed in separation from rather than in interaction with its Sunni counterparts. In this way the painful birth of modern sectarianism was initiated, the consequences of which are very much alive in South Asia today. The book makes a significant contribution to the global history of Shi'ism, and to understandings of inner-Islamic conflicts in the colonial and post-colonial worlds. [Verlagsinformation]

List of figures and maps. viii
Preface and acknowledgements. ix
Frequently used abbreviations. xiii
Note on transliteration. xv
Select glossary of terms. xvii
Introduction: writing on Indian Shi'ism. 1
1. Madrasas, mujtahids, and missionaries: Shi'a clerical expansion in colonial India. 32
2. Mosques, majalis and Muharram: marketplace Shi'ism. 73
3. Anjumans, endowments and Indian Shi'ism: the making of Shi'a society. 114
4. Aligarh, jihad, and pan-Islam: the politicization of the Indian Shi'a. 147
5. The tabarra agitation and Shi'a-Sunni conflicts in late-colonial India. 186
Conclusion and epilogue: Shi'ism and sectarianism in modern South Asia. 222
Appendix: Select Shi'a 'ulama of colonial India. 243
Select bibliography. 251
Index. 267

JUSTIN JONES is Lecturer in South Asian history at the University of Exeter. Profile page.

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  1. Jones, Justin (2011).  Shi'a Islam in colonial India: religion, community and sectarianism. Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society; 18. xxv, 276 S.