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The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India

Kavita Datla


During the turbulent period prior to colonial India's partition and independence, Muslim intellectuals in Hyderabad sought to secularize and reformulate their linguistic, historical, religious, and literary traditions for the sake of a newly conceived national public. Responding to the model of secular education introduced to South Asia by the British, Indian academics launched a spirited debate about the reform of Islamic education, the importance of education in the spoken languages of the country, the shape of Urdu and its past, and the significance of the histories of Islam and India for t ... More

Keywords: secularism, Islamic education, Urdu language, colonial India, Muslim intellectuals, secular education, Islam, Osmania University, Indian language, colonial displacement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836092
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kavita Datla, author
Mount Holyoke College