Mushirul Hasan

in From Pluralism to Separatism

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693232
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081882 | DOI:

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This book explores the history of the Kidwais, a small but well-known family in Awadh who lived in a little village called Masauli and its neighbouring areas in Bara Banki district in the United Provinces. It focuses on the pluralism and multiculturalism that defined the family’s public and private lives, as well as the nature and strength of the social ties that have united them and the social effects of these ties. The book situates Wilayat Ali Kidwai (1885–1918) and his family in the qasbas, where literature, music, and poetry flourished and the fusion of cultures took place. It also examines the communal aspect of qasba life, together with its manifestations in religion, fairs, rituals and festivities, inter-community relations, and the routines of daily life. Finally, it explains the impact of popular culture on assimilative thought and liberal convictions, focusing on ‘composite culture’ and ‘pluralism’.

Keywords: Kidwais; Bara Banki district; composite culture; pluralism; Wilayat Ali Kidwai; qasbas; United Provinces; Masauli; Awadh; social ties

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