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Secularizing Islamists?Jama'at-e-Islami and Jama'at-ud-Da'wa in Urban Pakistan$
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Humeira Iqtidar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226384689

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226384702.001.0001

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Colonial Secularism and Islamism in North India

Colonial Secularism and Islamism in North India

A Relationship of Creativity?

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(p.38) Chapter One Colonial Secularism and Islamism in North India
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Secularizing Islamists?
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226384702.003.0002

This chapter, which explores the origins of Islamism within the North Indian context, rests on Talal Asad's insight about the dialectical relationship between “secularism” and “religion.” It proposes that the type of secularism which the British sought to impose in colonial India developed the possibility of novelty in Muslim thought and practice that is called Islamism. The particular kind of secularism that the British employed to the Indian context was one which developed severe hindrances to secularization. Maududi moved from Hyderabad to Jabalpore to Delhi in search of employment variously as a journalist/editor, tutor, and college lecturer. He and the Islamists were destablized by their insistence on the universalism of Islamic laws. Maududi's modernity was a source of contention with the traditionalists. His approach to religion and its practice translated into innovations at various levels, while building upon earlier vocabularies and “traditions” of reform.

Keywords:   secularism, colonial India, Islamism, Talal Asad, secularization, Maududi, Islamic laws

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