Muslim Writings on Hinduism in Colonial India

Words of Experience - Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst - Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

Ali Altaf Mian [+-]
University of Florida
Ali Altaf Mian is Izzat Hasan Sheikh Fellow in Islamic Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Florida. His research interests include Islam in South Asia, gender and sexuality in contemporary Islam, and Islamic law and ethics. He is currently preparing two manuscripts, including Muslims in South Asia (for Edinburgh University Press).


Carl Ernst’s scholarship on Hindu-Muslim interactions in pre-colonial South Asia enables us to theorize the broader “hermeneutical structures” that underpin Muslim writings on “Hinduism” in the modern period. Building on Ernst’s work, I examine the multiple discursive registers Muslims used to construct “Hinduism” in colonial India. I argue that while colonialism and communalism were important socio-political processes in colonial India, contemporary textual records point us to consider the significance of numerous additional socio-political factors. Hindu-Muslim encounters in colonial India were therefore articulated and embodied in multiple ways, including those that challenge both Hindu fundamentalism and Muslim separatism.

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Mian, Ali. Muslim Writings on Hinduism in Colonial India. Words of Experience - Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2021. ISBN 9781781799109. Date accessed: 19 Jan 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38421. Mar 2021

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