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A Family Saga

Mushirul Hasan

in From Pluralism to Separatism

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693232
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081882 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693232.003.0003
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Wilayat Ali Kidwai and his group belonged to a new social group among Muslims in Awadh. The group, which was influential in parts of the United Provinces, downplayed religion as an impediment to nationality, emphasized processes of interaction and linkages, and stressed the importance of cultural similarities. This chapter examines the rough terrain in Bara Banki district, traces the roots of Wilayat Ali Kidwai and his family, and looks at how the turbulence in 1857 affected the Kidwais and many others in their immediate surroundings. It also explores the outburst of political and intellectual energy in the form of a wide range of books, journals, and newspapers, as well as the role of various associations and societies that facilitated contacts between writers, poets, publicists, editors, and reformers. In the qasbas, the search for new ways of reasserting and maintaining the Muslim or Hindu identity and culture was less conspicuous.

Keywords: Wilayat Ali Kidwai; Muslims; qasbas; Kidwais; Awadh; Bara Banki district; identity; culture

Chapter.  14300 words.  Illustrated.

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