Perspectives of Mutual Encounters in South Asian History, 1760-1860

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Jamal Malik
Brill, 2000 - Architecture - 363 pages
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Relationships between colonialists and the colonised peoples are often ambivalent - but always fascinating. This edited volume explores the issues of cultural reciprocity between Europeans and South Asians during the crucial period from 1760 to 1860. In doing so, prevailing assumptions about these complex relationships are examined. Part I examines a variety of themes in reciprocal encounter, such as class structures, urban landscape, Anglo-Muslim cooperation and debates on indigenous values. Part II deals with the persons important to the process of reciprocity and discursive interdependence, such as orientalists, missionaries, Indian travellers. The texts, in the last section, focus on the changing and shifting identities, thereby revealing the complexity and hybridity of the imperial process. The book is based on rich biographical and chronological accounts, narrative material and archival data, both in occidental and oriental languages.

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Jamal Malik, Ph.D. (1989), University of Heidelberg, post-doc. (1994), University of Bamberg, is Professor of Religious Studies at University of Erfurt, Germany. His works on social history of South Asian Islam and literature include The Colonialization of Islam, and Islamische Gelehrtenkultur in Nordindien.