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How have the dominant histories of the Indian subcontinent been constructed and how do they deal with the subject of Muslims and Dalits or ‘Untouchables’? Taking a subaltern approach - the view from below - Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History explores a wide range of issues across history. The essays range across: the creation of the concept of ‘the Mussalman’ How have the dominant histories of the Indian subcontinent been constructed and how do they deal with the subject of Muslims and Dalits or ‘Untouchables’? Taking a subaltern approach - the view from below - Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History explores a wide range of issues across history. The essays range across: the creation of the concept of ‘the Mussalman’ through the work of Hindi writers and publicists in the late nineteenth century; how the re-imaginings of the Mappila peasant ‘uprisings’ in the early twentieth century constructed a popular image of the fanatic Mussalman; Gandhi´s attempt to rethink political relations between Hindus and Muslims; the anomalous position of Kabir within the frameworks of caste and canonicity; the history, politics, and legal aspects of the case of the Dalit murdered on the steps of a Hanuman temple; how authority, property and matriliny in Malabar helped to shape colonial law-making; the rhetoric of the bardic tradition; the nationalist imagination.


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How have the dominant histories of the Indian subcontinent been constructed and how do they deal with the subject of Muslims and Dalits or ‘Untouchables’? Taking a subaltern approach - the view from below - Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History explores a wide range of issues across history. The essays range across: the creation of the concept of ‘the Mussalman’ How have the dominant histories of the Indian subcontinent been constructed and how do they deal with the subject of Muslims and Dalits or ‘Untouchables’? Taking a subaltern approach - the view from below - Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History explores a wide range of issues across history. The essays range across: the creation of the concept of ‘the Mussalman’ through the work of Hindi writers and publicists in the late nineteenth century; how the re-imaginings of the Mappila peasant ‘uprisings’ in the early twentieth century constructed a popular image of the fanatic Mussalman; Gandhi´s attempt to rethink political relations between Hindus and Muslims; the anomalous position of Kabir within the frameworks of caste and canonicity; the history, politics, and legal aspects of the case of the Dalit murdered on the steps of a Hanuman temple; how authority, property and matriliny in Malabar helped to shape colonial law-making; the rhetoric of the bardic tradition; the nationalist imagination.

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