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This book focuses on the call for jihad against the British by the Islamic clergy (mullahs) in the 19th and 20th centuries…a relatively neglected field, largely ignored by mainstream scholars of Indian nationalism. This study contains a lot of useful information about mobilization under mullahs during the Revolt of 1857, the Khilafat Movement and Partition.
[the book] brings together research and biography from various sources which introduce us to the overlooked and forgotten personalities who contributed to the tradition and devoted their lives to resisting British colonial rule.
[The book] aims to undo the misconceptions that have risen with regard to the concept of Jihad within the Islamic discourse…. Offers concise histories of many different Muslim leaders in the struggle against the British regime, a narrative which has been admittedly forgotten from many history books.
“[The author] seeks to correct palpable lapses in historiography, of present academic scholarship highlighting several critical omissions seeking as he does to redress the transmission of fabricated interpretations: his, is an indispensable endeavour and necessitates discussion….What [his] narrative makes explicit is how Utilitarian philosophy seeks to separate, inventing distinctions to produce a dichotomous’ ideal type’, a facet which remains unacknowledged by historians/ social scientist theorists of the Indian Subcontinent….[He] has certainly corrected the incomplete
“Brings together research and biography from various sources which introduce us to the overlooked and forgotten personalities who contributed to the tradition and devoted their lives to resisting British colonial rule”