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Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture

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Enlightenment in the Colony opens up the history of the "Jewish question" for the first time to a broader discussion--one of the social exclusion of religious and cultural minorities in modern times, and in particular the crisis of Muslim identity in modern India. Aamir Mufti identifies the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India as a colonial variation of what he calls "the exemplary crisis of minority"--Jewishness in Europe. He shows how the emergence of this conflict in the late nineteenth century represented an early instance of the reinscription of the "Jewish question" in a non-Western society undergoing modernization under colonial rule. In so doing, he charts one particular route by which this European phenomenon linked to nation-states takes on a global significance. Mufti examines the literary dimensions of this crisis of identity through close readings of canonical texts of modern Western--mostly British-literature, as well as major works of modern Indian literature in Urdu and English. He argues that the one characteristic shared by all emerging national cultures since the nineteenth century is the minoritization of some social and cultural fragment of the population, and that national belonging and minority separatism go hand in hand with modernization.

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'Enlightenment in the Colony' opens up the history of the 'Jewish question' to a broader discussion - one of the social exclusion of religious and cultural minorities in modern times, and in particular the crisis of Muslim identity in modern India.

Table of Contents

A Note on Translation and Transliteration ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xv

Prologue: Towards a Genealogy of Postcolonial Secularism 1

Part I Emergence: Europe and Its Others

Chapter One: Jewishness as Minority Emergence of a European Problematic 37

Chapter Two: Inscriptions of Minority in British Late Imperial Culture From Daniel Deronda to A Passage to India 91

Part II: Displacements: On the Verge of India

Chapter Three: Jawaharlal Nehru and Abul Kalam Azad Discovering India 129

Chapter Four: Saadat Hasan Manto A Greater Story Writer Than God 177

Chapter Five: Faiz Ahmed Faiz Towards a Lyric History of India 210

Epilogue: In My Beginning Is My End Jewish Exile and the Language of English India 244

Notes 263

Works Cited 295

Index 315

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400827664
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Social Science : Minority Studies - General
Creator:
Aamir Mufti
Author:
Mufti, Aamir R.
Author:
Aamir Mufti
Author:
Mufti, Aamir
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
Minority Studies - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Minority Studies
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Postcolonial Studies
Subject:
British literature.
Subject:
Jews in literature
Subject:
Muslims in literature.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
344

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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Politics » Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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