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Muslims against the Muslim League
Critiques of the Idea of Pakistan


Ali Usman Qasmi, Megan Eaton Robb, Barbara Metcalf, Raisur Rahman, Tahir Kamran, Ali Raza, Markus Daechsel, Safoora Arbab, Ammar Ali Jan, Sarah Ansari, Newal Osman, Neilesh Bose, Justin Jones, Abdul Majeed
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  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107166639

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  • The popularity of the Muslim League and its idea of Pakistan has been measured in terms of its success in achieving the goal of a sovereign state in the Muslim majority regions of North West and North East India. It led to an oversight of Muslim leaders and organizations which were opposed to this demand, predicating their opposition to the League on its understanding of the history and ideological content of the Muslim nation. This volume takes stock of multiple narratives about Muslim identity formation in the context of debates about partition, historicizes those narratives, and reads them in the light of the larger political milieu of the period. Focusing on the critiques of the Muslim League, its concept of the Muslim nation, and the political settlement demanded on its behalf, it studies how the movement for Pakistan inspired a contentious, influential conversation on the definition of the Muslim nation.

    • Presents a comprehensive study of Muslim political discourse during the 1940s
    • Discusses the dissenting voices critical of the Muslim League and Jinnah
    • Adds to the canon of works on the history of the Muslim League, Jinnah's politics and the creation of Pakistan
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    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107166639
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 162 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ali Usman Qasmi and Megan Eaton Robb
    1. Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani and the Jamiat 'Ulama-i-Hind: against Pakistan, against the Muslim League Barbara Metcalf
    2. The Partition conundrum: perspectives, experiences and ambiguities from qasbahs in India Raisur Rahman
    3. Choudhary Rahmat Ali and his political imagination: pak-plan and the Continent of Dinia Tahir Kamran
    4. Differentiating between Pakistan and Napak-istan: Maulana Abu'l A'la Maududi's critique of the Muslim League and Muhammad Ali Jinnah Ali Usman Qasmi
    5. Advising the Army of Allah: Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi's critique of the Muslim League Megan Eaton Robb
    6. The illusory promise of freedom: Mian Iftikhar-ud-Din and the movement for Pakistan Ali Raza
    7. Visionary of another politics: Inayatullah Khan 'al-Mashriqi' and Pakistan Markus Daechsel
    8. Nonviolence, Pukhtunwali and decolonization: Abdul Ghaffar Khan and the Khudai Khidmatgar politics of friendship Safoora Arbab
    9. Islam, communism and the search for a fiction Ammar Ali Jan
    10. Muslim nationalist or nationalist Muslim? Allah Bakhsh Soomro and Muslim politics in 1930s and 1940s Sindh Sarah Ansari
    11. Dancing with the enemy: Sikander Hayat Khan, Jinnah and the vexed question of 'Pakistan' in a Punjabi unionist context Newal Osman
    12. Religion between region and nation: Rezaul Karim, Bengal and Muslim politics at the end of empire Neilesh Bose
    13. 'The Pakistan that is going to be Sunnistan': Indian Shi'a responses to the Pakistan movement Justin Jones
    14. The Baluch Qaum of Kalat state: challenging the ideological and territorial boundaries of Pakistan Abdul Majeed

  • Editors

    Ali Usman Qasmi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
    Ali Usman Qasmi is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. He is the author of Questioning the Authority of the Past: The Ahl al-Qur'an Movements in the Punjab (2012) and The Ahmadis and the Politics of Religious Exclusion in Pakistan (2015).

    Megan Eaton Robb, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
    Megan Eaton Robb is Junior Research Fellow on the Atlas Project at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and Junior Dean of New College, Oxford. She is interested in research on the history of the book, newsprint, publishing in South Asia, Urdu literature and translation, and the links between language and identity among Muslims in South Asia, the Middle East, and in the diaspora.


    Ali Usman Qasmi, Megan Eaton Robb, Barbara Metcalf, Raisur Rahman, Tahir Kamran, Ali Raza, Markus Daechsel, Safoora Arbab, Ammar Ali Jan, Sarah Ansari, Newal Osman, Neilesh Bose, Justin Jones, Abdul Majeed

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