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Print and the Urdu Public: Muslims, Newspapers, and Urban Life in Colonial India

Megan Eaton Robb


In early twentieth-century British India, prior to the arrival of digital medias and after the rise of nationalist political movements, a small-town paper from the margins became a key node for an Urdu journalism conversation with particular influence in the United Provinces and Punjab. Understanding this newspaper’s rise shows how a print public characterized by bottom-up as well as top-down approaches influenced the evolution of a new type of Urdu public in twentieth-century South Asia. Addressing a gap in scholarship on Urdu media in the early twentieth century, during the period when it un ... More

Keywords: public sphere, print, Urdu, Islam, journalism, British India, Congress, spatial, qasbah, temporal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190089375
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190089375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan Eaton Robb, author
Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions, University of Pennsylvania