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Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India

M. Raisur Rahman


This book provides an important and original illustration of the centrality of qasbahs (small towns or large villages) in India’s social history and Muslim life. Contesting popular and academic perceptions that the ‘local’ is parochial, peripheral, and provincial, this book systematically demonstrates qasbahs as inclusive, diverse, global, and universal. It presents qasbahs as hubs of intense intellectual and cultural activity and as networks of social life, education, print culture, literary production, and intellectual dialogue. Based on an extensive fieldwork, a deep understanding of the qa ... More

Keywords: qasbah, Muslim, successor-states, Mughal Empire, modernity, Western culture, South Asian Islam and Muslims, South Asian Muslims, Hindu–Muslim relationships, locale, small towns, global Islam, Urdu literary culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199455225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199455225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Raisur Rahman, author
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA