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Antagonistic utopias: A cultural approach to Mughal polity and Muslim nationalism.
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This is a history of the idea of "Muslim India." It is anchored in a growing body of literature that suggests the thought and institutions of the Mughal state (1526--1858) played a role in the rise of Muslim nationalism in "British India." Approached through the lens of Paul Ricoeur"s theses on ideology and utopia, the central question posed is whether the idea of a religio-political community encompassing the Muslims of South Asia---an idea integral to the Muslim nationalist thesis---was a feature of the ideologies and utopias of the Mughal period. Thus, textual sources chosen are best suited to enunciating the ideologies of the Mughal state and the utopianism of Muslims from a variety of classes and locales. These sources include the Arabic, Persian and Urdu Writings of Muslim jurists, mystics, philosophers and historians, Urdu prose, poetry and journalism, Punjabi folk literature, travelogues from South Asian and European authors, and a selection of English colonial sources, including bureaucratic records and Orientalist scholarship.Based on the above theoretical approach and textual sources, this study argues that an idea of "Muslim India" first entered Muslim discourse in the reign and under the patronage of Jalal al-Din Akbar (r. 1556--1605), wrapped in the cloak of an ideology hailing the Mughals as Caliphs in the formal Islamic sense. The utopianism in this is explained through consideration of the Islamic legal and mystical ideals underlying Mughal ideological and institutional initiatives. Given this regime"s enduring legacy, despite the demise of Mughal political authority by the 18th century, the idea not only formed a significant part of the political rhetoric of this period, it also spread from the writings of the political elite to such independent and influential scholars as the Wali Allahis. Furthermore, the expansion in rhetorical domain was accompanied by the grafting of alternate intellectual and institutional ideals to the idea than those symbolized by the Mughals. It is these alternatives, held by the political and scholarly elite, that are ultimately introduced to the ascendant classes of Muslim "capitalists" in the 19th century, reinforcing the notions of "Muslim India" being conjured under British Raj.
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