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The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India$
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Gyanendra Pandey

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077305.001.0001

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Community as History

Community as History

(p.109) Chapter 4 Community as History
The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India

Gyanendra Pandey

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the example of a slightly different kind of local history from the Bhojpuri region, which represents just one attempt among many in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to bring ‘history’ to the witness-stand and assert a community identity in terms both of temporality and territoriality. The example — Sheikh Muhammad Ali Hasan's Waqeat-o-Hadesat: Qasba Mubarakpur—takes the form of a history or chronicle of events in the qasba prepared in the 1880s by a scion of a local Muslim zamindari family. The importance of the text is illustrated by drawing on alternative reconstructions of the same history as found in other sources.

Keywords:   local history, Bhojpuri region, community identity, qasba, colonialist historiography, chronicle of events, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Hasan, Muslim zamindari family, Waqeat-o-Hadesat

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