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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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From National to Minority Subjects

(p.165) Conclusion
The Language of Secular Islam

Kavita Saraswathi Datla

University of Hawai'i Press

This book has explored how Osmania University engaged with the Urdu language as an attempt to make Muslim cultural and intellectual forms the center of a shared secular future. What is significant about the history of Osmania University is that it draws attention to the competing models of secular nationalism being imagined in colonial India. The case of Osmania University has important ramifications for the question of whether Islam has the ability to accommodate Western science, secularism, and democracy. This concluding chapter considers subsequent Urdu literary production and what it might contribute to a broader understanding of the production of secular and minority cultures in the modern world. It discusses the intellectual projects pursued at Osmania University in relation to minoritization experienced among Muslims and suggests that such projects reveal a different kind of objection to Indian nationalism. It also looks at new agendas for the Urdu language in the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on Abdul Haq's call for a progressive literature.

Keywords:   secularism, Osmania University, Urdu language, colonial India, Islam, Indian nationalism, Abdul Haq, minoritization, Muslims

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