ISBN 9788121512909,Becoming Hindus and Muslims Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal 1342-1905

Becoming Hindus and Muslims Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal 1342-1905

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ISBN 9788121512909
Publisher

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers

Publication Year 2015
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788121512909

ISBN-10 8121512905
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 313 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Culture

ABOUT THE BOOK
 This book begins by interrogating the assumption that coherent religious identities emerged in the Indian subcontinent only in the nineteenth century, when the colonial state initiated the census and made it necessary for Indians determinately to identify themselves as Hindus or Muslims. The author studies the medieval Bengali kavyas and discerns the beginnings of religious identities in them. The kavyas, thus, he argues, formed an emotional inheritance which impacted the literature and sense of history which emerged in colonial Bengal under European influence. In the second-half of the nineteenth century, this new literature, teamed with a freshly acquired historical consciousness, demonstrated the various ways in which the contemporary Hindu and Muslim intelligentsia tried to make sense of each other. In the process, the literature of the period, the book suggests, both reflected and aided the gradual ‘becoming’ of Hindus and Muslims as political communities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 Saumya Dey did his PhD at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is currently working as a Senior Research Associate at Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana.
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