Religion as Nation: The Muslims of India and the Debates on qaum, millat, and umma in the 1930s

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Abstract

This paper aims to contribute to the current debates about the role of religion in the political process, and its importance for the creation and cohesion of different national communities’ identities. It will analyse the discussions occurred around the concepts, and conceptions, of Nation, National Community (qaum), Religious Community (millat), and the Community of Believers (umma), exploring the different, and sometimes opposing, ideas and political doctrines in the 1930s in the context of India’s struggle for the independence and creation of a new (Nation-)State. The focus will be on Muslim Indian thinkers and politicians such as Muhammad ‘Ali Jinnah (1876-1948), Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), Hussain Ahmad Madani (1879-1957), Abu al-Kalam Azad (1888-1958) and Sayyid Abu’l ‘Ala Mawdudi (1903-1979), as well as political and religious organizations such as the All-India Muslim League, the All-India National Congress, the Jamia’at-i ‘Ulama-i Islam and the Jamia’at-i ‘Ulama-i Hind.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-293
Journal Social Sciences
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2021

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