Community and Consensus in Islam is an attempt to reintroduce the role of ideas in the interpretation of Muslim politics in India between 1860 and 1947. In this work, the author argues that partition was not simply the result of the political ambitions of the Muslim leadership. Instead, she tries to explain partition as a consequence of the differences between the Islamic and the liberal-democratic intellectual traditions. In other words, Muslim politics from the end of the nineteenth century in 1947 was an extension of ideas that were deep-rooted in Islamic tradition. The volume makes a substantial contribution to the continuing debate about the causes of partition in India.