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Who Is a Muslim? argues that modern Urdu literature, from its inception in colonial institutions such as Fort William College, Calcutta, to its dominant iterations in contemporary Pakistan—popular novels, short stories, television serials—is formed around a question that is and historically has been at the core of early modern and modern Western literatures. The question “Who is a Muslim?,” a constant concern within eighteenth-century literary and scholarly orientalist texts, the English oriental tale chief among them, takes on new and dangerous meanings once it travels to the North-Indian colony, and later to the newly formed Pakistan. A literary-historical study spanning some three centuries, this book argues that the idea of an Urdu canon, far from secular or progressive, has been shaped as the authority designate around the intertwined questions of piety, national identity, and citizenship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction. Who Is a Muslim?
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. Mahometan/Muslim: The Chronotope of the Oriental Tale
  2. pp. 21-52
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  1. 2. Hindustani/Urdu: The Oriental Tale in the Colony
  2. pp. 53-86
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  1. 3. Nation/Qaum: The "Musalmans" of India
  2. pp. 87-125
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  1. 4. Martyr/Mujāhid: Muslim Origins and the Modern Urdu Novel
  2. pp. 126-164
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  1. 5. Modern/Mecca: Populist Piety in the Contemporary Urdu Novel
  2. pp. 165-208
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  1. Epilogue. Us, People / People Like Us: Fehmida Riaz and a Secular Subjectivity in Urdu
  2. pp. 209-220
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 221-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-260
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823290154
MARC Record
OCLC
1224362707
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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