Muslims against the Muslim League: Critiques of the Idea of Pakistan

Muslims against the Muslim League: Critiques of the Idea of Pakistan

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Cambridge University Press, 9/15/2017
EAN 9781107166639, ISBN10: 1107166632

Hardcover, 414 pages, 24.3 x 16.9 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

The popularity of the Muslim League and its idea of Pakistan has been measured in terms of its success in achieving the goal of a sovereign state in the Muslim majority regions of North West and North East India. It led to an oversight of Muslim leaders and organizations which were opposed to this demand, predicating their opposition to the League on its understanding of the history and ideological content of the Muslim nation. This volume takes stock of multiple narratives about Muslim identity formation in the context of debates about partition, historicizes those narratives, and reads them in the light of the larger political milieu of the period. Focusing on the critiques of the Muslim League, its concept of the Muslim nation, and the political settlement demanded on its behalf, it studies how the movement for Pakistan inspired a contentious, influential conversation on the definition of the Muslim nation.

Introduction Ali Usman Qasmi and Megan Eaton Robb
1. Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani and the Jamiat 'Ulama-i-Hind
against Pakistan, against the Muslim League Barbara Metcalf
2. The Partition conundrum
perspectives, experiences and ambiguities from qasbahs in India Raisur Rahman
3. Choudhary Rahmat Ali and his political imagination
pak-plan and the Continent of Dinia Tahir Kamran
4. Differentiating between Pakistan and Napak-istan
Maulana Abu'l A'la Maududi's critique of the Muslim League and Muhammad Ali Jinnah Ali Usman Qasmi
5. Advising the Army of Allah
Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi's critique of the Muslim League Megan Eaton Robb
6. The illusory promise of freedom
Mian Iftikhar-ud-Din and the movement for Pakistan Ali Raza
7. Visionary of another politics
Inayatullah Khan 'al-Mashriqi' and Pakistan Markus Daechsel
8. Nonviolence, Pukhtunwali and decolonization
Abdul Ghaffar Khan and the Khudai Khidmatgar politics of friendship Safoora Arbab
9. Islam, communism and the search for a fiction Ammar Ali Jan
10. Muslim nationalist or nationalist Muslim? Allah Bakhsh Soomro and Muslim politics in 1930s and 1940s Sindh Sarah Ansari
11. Dancing with the enemy
Sikander Hayat Khan, Jinnah and the vexed question of 'Pakistan' in a Punjabi unionist context Newal Osman
12. Religion between region and nation
Rezaul Karim, Bengal and Muslim politics at the end of empire Neilesh Bose
13. 'The Pakistan that is going to be Sunnistan'
Indian Shi'a responses to the Pakistan movement Justin Jones
14. The Baluch Qaum of Kalat state
challenging the ideological and territorial boundaries of Pakistan Abdul Majeed