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Poetry of Belonging: Muslim Imaginings of India 1850-1950

Ali Khan Mahmudabad


This book examines facets of North Indian Muslim identity, c. 1850–1950. It focuses specifically on the role of literature and poetry as the medium through which certain Muslim ‘voices’ articulated, negotiated, configured, and expressed their understandings of what it meant to be Muslim and Indian, given the sociopolitical exigencies of the time. Specifically, a history of the public space of poetry will be presented and half of the book will chart a history of the mushā‘irah (poetic symposium) over this period. In doing so it will analyse the multiple ways in which this space adapted to the c ... More

Keywords: Islam, Muslim, India, Poetry, Identity, Politics, Nationalism, Patriotism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190121013
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190121013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ali Khan Mahmudabad, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science and History, Ashoka University, India