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Questioning Civilizational Fault Lines

Mushirul Hasan

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Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695311
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081509 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695311.003.0004
Questioning Civilizational Fault Lines

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This chapter contests theories on civilizational fault lines by introducing the voices of diversity in the writings of Aziz Ahmad and Mohammad Mujeeb on the one hand, and Nirad C. Chaudhuri and the Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, on the other. Of the four, Mujeeb alone showed awareness of the all-inclusive nature of the historical process of which he was part. The other three are naturally conservative, extol as knowledge what is already prejudice, and defend ways of thought and action that undermine democratic values. Nirad C. Chaudhuri has a critical position in the history traced here, being the heir to a great intellectual tradition in Bengal, with a mind moulded by the dominant ideas of his age.

Keywords: Aziz Ahmad; Mohammad Mujeeb; Nirad C. Chaudhuri; V.S. Naipaul; prejudice; Bengal

Chapter.  6345 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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