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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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Muslim Pasts

Muslim Pasts

Writing The History of India and The History of Islam

(p.82) Chapter 3 Muslim Pasts
The Language of Secular Islam

Kavita Saraswathi Datla

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines two series of textbooks commissioned by Osmania University that asserted the importance of Islam to the history of civilization and the importance of Muslims to Indian history. The History of India (Tārīkh-i Hind), written by Sayyid Hashmi Faridabadi, and The History of Islam (Tārīkh-i Islam), by Abdul Halim Sharar, asserted the importance of Islam to the history of civilization and the importance of Muslims to the history of the nation. Both books underscore the extent to which the intellectuals associated with Osmania University accepted and engaged in shaping modernizing and nationalist narratives. In these projects, emphasis was consistently placed on recovering the secular achievements of a Muslim past that would serve India's new national purposes. This chapter explains how the school's intellectuals both defined the purposes of history writing and decided which narrative traditions were of use to advancing the secular purposes of an Osmania University education.

Keywords:   textbooks, Osmania University, Islam, Muslims, Indian history, The History of India, Sayyid Hashmi Faridabadi, The History of Islam, Abdul Halim Sharar, India

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