An Intellectual History for India
Cambridge University Press, May 31, 2010 - History - 156 pages
This volume addresses the power of ideas in the making of Indian political modernity. As an intermediate history of connections between South Asia and the global arena the volume raises new issues in intellectual history. It reviews the period from the emergence of constitutional liberalism in the1830s, through the swadeshi era to the writings of Tilak, Azad and Gandhi in the twentieth century. While several contributions reflect on the ideologies of nationalism, the volume seeks to rescue intellectual history from being simply a narration of the nation-state. It does not seek to create a 'canon' of political thought so much as to show how Indian concepts of state and society were redrawn in the context of emergent globalized debates about freedom, the constitution of the self and the good society in the late colonial era. In so doing the contributions here resituate an Indian intellectual history that has long been eclipsed by social and political history. These essays were originally published in a Special issue of the journal Modern Intellectual History (CUP, April 2007).
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Abul Kalam Azad Al-Hilal Aligarh Aligarhists ancient anti-colonial apologetic argued Arya Aurobindo Aurobindo Ghose authority Azad’s Bengal Britain British Calcutta Cambridge civilization classical colonial commentary Company’s concepts constitution context cultural Dayal debates Delhi discourse early emerged Empire English essay ethical European orientalists Gandhi German Gita global Har Dayal Hindu law Hinduism human Ibid ideal ideas imperial Indian Muslim Indian nation inﬂuence institutions intellectual history interpretation Iqbal Islam Javid Nama jihad Krishnavarma Lahore London Max Muller meaning Mitra modernist modernity moral movement Muhammad Muhammad Iqbal Muslim nationalist thought nature nineteenth century orientalist Oxford pan-Islam pandits patriotism philosophy poem political thought practice Quentin Skinner Quran radical reﬂected reform religion religious Rg Veda rule Sanskrit Sarkar Sayana scholars sense Shyamji Krishnavarma Sir Sayyid social society South Asia Spencer spiritual Sri Aurobindo Swadeshi Swaraj texts textual Tilak tradition translation unity University Press Urdu Vedic Vidyarthi Wilson