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The languages of political Islam : India, 1200-1800

Author: Muzaffar Alam
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Muzaffar Alam shows that the adoption of Arabo-Persian Islam in India changed the manner in which Islamic rule and governance were conducted. Islamic regulation and statecraft in a predominately Hindu country required strategic shifts from the original Islamic injunctions. Islamic principles could not regulate beliefs in a vast country without accepting cultural limitations and limits on the exercise of power. As a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Muzaffar Alam
ISBN: 0226011003 9780226011004 0226011011 9780226011011
OCLC Number: 54913347
Notes: Originally published: Delhi : Permanent Black, 2004.
Description: xiii, 244 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Shari'a, Akhlaq and governance --
3. Sufi intervention --
4. Language and power --
5. Opposition and reaffirmation.
Responsibility: Muzaffar Alam.
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Muzaffar Alam shows that the adoption of Arabo-Persian Islam in India changed the manner in which Islamic rule and governance were conducted. Islamic regulation and statecraft in a predominately Hindu country required strategic shifts from the original Islamic injunctions. Islamic principles could not regulate beliefs in a vast country without accepting cultural limitations and limits on the exercise of power. As a result of cultural adaptation, Islam was in the end forced to reinvent its principles for religious rule. Acculturation also forced key Islamic terms to change so fundamentally that Indian Islam could be said to have acquired a character substantially different from the Islam practiced outside of India.

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