Ashraf Ali Thanawi

Pages: 160
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Ashraf Ali Thanawi

Islam in Modern South Asia

Muhammad Qasim Zaman

This authoritative biography offers a comprehensive and highly accessible account of one of the most prominent and prolific religious scholars in Islamic history.
Hardback
9781851684151 (12 Dec 2007)
RRP £30.00 / US$40.00

The Book

Ashraf `Ali Thanawi (1863-1943) was one of the most prominent religious scholars in Islamic history. Author of over a thousand books on different aspects of Islam, his work sought to defend the Islamic scholarly tradition and to articulate its authority in an age of momentous religious and political change. In this authoritative biography, Muhammad Qasim Zaman offers a comprehensive and highly accessible account of Thanawi's multifaceted career and thought, whilst also providing a valuable introduction to Islam in modern South Asia.

 

CONTENTS


Acknowledgments

A Note on Transliteration, Abbreviations, and Other Conventions

 

INTRODUCTION

Contestation in the religious sphere

Contrasting trajectories

 

1 LIFE

The intellectual milieu of Deoband

A madrasa career

A spiritual crisis?

At the Sufi lodge

The Khanaqah's scholars

Overlapping communities

 

2 MUSLIM NATIONHOOD

Indian politics in the early twentieth century

Thanawi and the Khilafat Movement

Muslim separatism in India

The prophet and the king

 

3 COLONIAL LAW

Apostasy in British India

The Consummate Stratagem

The fight against custom

Conflicting authorities

 

4 SUFISM IN A TIME OF CHANGE

The Sufi and the jurist

The rhetoric of reconciliation

Ambiguity and flexibility

Training the wayfarer

A shared language

 

5 THE AMBIGUITIES OF A LEGACY

Sufism

Law

Politics

Thanawi and the Deobandi scholarly tradition

 

Bibliography

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Muhammad Qasim Zaman is Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion, Princeton University. He is the author of Schooling Islam: Modern Muslim Education.