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The Language of Secular IslamUrdu Nationalism and Colonial India$
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Kavita Datla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836092

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836092.001.0001

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Locating Urdu

Locating Urdu

Deccani, Hindustani, and Urdu

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(p.106) Chapter 4 Locating Urdu
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The Language of Secular Islam
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Kavita Saraswathi Datla

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836092.003.0005

This chapter examines the question of the Urdu language and the modernizing agendas of the Muslim intellectuals associated with Osmania University by taking a closer look at their activities outside the domain of the university proper, in Urdu-language organizations and as literary scholars. It first considers the politics of the Urdu language and its relationship to place before turning to two Urdu organizations headquartered within the boundaries of Hyderabad: the Anjuman-i Taraqqī-i Urdu (Organization for the Advancement of Urdu) and the Idāra-i Adabiyāt-i Urdu (Institution for Urdu Literature). In particular, it discusses the two organizations' connection to the Deccan. It also explores the history of Urdu literature and Mohiuddin Qadri Zore's assertion that Deccani has as much claim to Hindustani language as do Hindi and Urdu. Finally, it looks at Urdu's position with the question of Indian nationalism.

Keywords:   Urdu language, Muslim intellectuals, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Anjuman-i Taraqqī-i Urdu, Idāra-i Adabiyāt-i Urdu, Deccan, Urdu literature, Hindustani language, Indian nationalism

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