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Ashraf into Middle ClassesMuslims in Nineteenth-century Delhi$
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Margrit Pernau

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198092285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092285.001.0001

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Education: The Colonial System and Cultural Nationalism

Education: The Colonial System and Cultural Nationalism

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Ashraf into Middle Classes

Margrit Pernau

Oxford University Press

For Delhi’s emerging middle classes, career opportunities within and outside the colonial system involved maintaining a precarious balance between collaboration and cultural nationalism. This chapter explores these entanglements and dislocations with the help of three examples. The first section deals with the unsuccessful struggle for maintaining the Delhi College in Delhi, which ended in the moving of higher education to Lahore. The second section is devoted to school education, particularly the Anglo-Arabic School. The third section shows how the Madrasa Tibbia, the school and subsequently college for Unani medicine, which was founded by the representatives of the Sharif Khani family, became a symbol with which the Delhi ashraf could identify as the symbol for their cultural identity.

Keywords:   cultural nationalism, Delhi College, Anglo-Arabic School, Madrasa Tibbia, Unani medicine, ashraf, Hakims, middle class, colonial education

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