Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi : Islam in Modern South Asia

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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Ashraf Ali Thanawi (1863-1943) was one of the most prominent religious scholars in Islamic history. Author of over a thousand books on different aspects of Islam, he defended the Islamic scholarly tradition and articulated its authority in an age of momentous religious and political change. Muhammad Qasim Zaman offers a comprehensive and highly accessible account of Thanawi's multifaceted career and thought, whilst also providing a valuable introduction to Islam in modern South Asia.

Author Biography

Muhammad Qasim Zaman is Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion, Princeton University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Contestation in the religious spherep. 2
Contrasting trajectoriesp. 8
Lifep. 13
The intellectual milieu of Deobandp. 15
A madrasa careerp. 17
A spiritual crisis?p. 21
At the Sufi lodgep. 25
The Khanaqah's scholarsp. 29
Overlapping communitiesp. 31
Muslim Nationhoodp. 35
Indian politics in the early twentieth centuryp. 35
Thanawi and the Khilafat Movementp. 39
Muslim separatism in Indiap. 45
The prophet and the kingp. 52
Colonial Lawp. 57
Apostasy in British Indiap. 57
The Consummate Stratagemp. 62
The fight against customp. 65
Conflicting authoritiesp. 69
Sufism in a Time of Changep. 79
The Sufi and the juristp. 79
The rhetoric of reconciliationp. 84
Ambiguity and flexibilityp. 87
Training the wayfarerp. 90
A shared languagep. 95
The Ambiguities of a Legacyp. 105
Sufismp. 105
Lawp. 107
Politicsp. 116
Thanawi and the Deobandi scholarly traditionp. 121
Bibliographyp. 127
Indexp. 135
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