Preoccupation with the history of Muslim separatism has obscured other important strands among the politically conscious sections of the Indian Muslim community. This book attempts to fill in the lacunae by analysing the position of and the role played by the Congress Muslims from around 1912 to 1936. Their emergence as a political force and their subsequent ‘decline’ and ‘disintegration’ are examined in order to highlight certain vital dimensions of the nationalist and separatist political proccesses.
Mushirul Hasan Mushirul Hasan (b. 1949), is Professor of History and Director of the Academy of Third World Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Having lectured widely across the US, Europe, Australia, as well as the subcontinent, Professor Hasan has held professorial fellowships at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi; the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin; the Centre of Oriental Studies, Rome; the Centre of Indian Studies at the Maison des Sciences de I’Homme in Paris. Professor Hasan’s books include: Legacy of a Divided Nation: India’s Muslims Since Independence (1977); Islam in the Subcontinent: Muslims in a Plural Society (2002); and Construction of Neighbourhood: Qasbas in Colonial Awadh (2004). His current research project is on the Muslim intellectuals of Delhi in the nineteenth century.