Moral Languages from Colonial Punjab: The Singh Sabha, Arya Sabha & Ahmadiyahs by Bob van der Linden (Hardback, 2008)
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- DescriptionAfter its annexation in 1849, the Punjab became the most important strategic and agricultural province of British India. Within a few decades, much changed in the region, including the intellectural horizons of the Punjabi elite. The mograph tells the comparative socio-intellectual history of the Singh Sabha (Sikh), Arya Samaj (Hindu) and Ahmadiyah (Muslim) voluntary reform movements. As a new contribution to the field, the term 'moral languages' is introduced to discuss the reformers' redefined traditions that emerged in response to Western reason and Christianity. Underwriting the Singh Sabha, Arya Samaj and Ahmadiyah moral languages was the fundamental process of strengthening doctrine, conduct, and ritual through a dialogic process in which readings of the traditional literature (often as interpreted by European Orientalist scholars) were combined with an understanding that frequently invoked the authority of science. In particular this volume argues that the secular-religious binary opposition, which has been so dominantly in existence since the European Enlightenment, hides more than it shows. Significant to the social consciousness of the Punjabi reformers was the partial overlap with the British civilising mission's underlying tion of improvement. The term moral languages emphasises that since the nineteenth-century religion is thing more than morality motivated and spread through modern institutions and practices. Hence, the Singh Sabha, Arya Samaj and Ahmadiyah moral languages are discussed in term of modern traditions based on rational kwledge and practices that became vital to the struggle for authority and status in the context of an emergent liberal public sphere and processes of state formation. This timely book will be of great interest to scholars of British Punjab, South Asian colonial history and comparative religion.
- Author BiographyBob van der Linden (Ph.D., Amsterdam University, 2004) is a modern South Asia historian. He has recently published on the relationship between music and empire in Britain and India
- Author(s)Bob van der Linden
- PublisherManohar Publishers and Distributors
- Date of Publication01/01/2008
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNew Delhi
- Country of PublicationIndia
- ImprintManohar Publishers and Distributors
- Weight482 g
- Width145 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine20 mm
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