Education and Faith

Mushirul Hasan

in Moderate or Militant

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695311
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081509 | DOI:
Education and Faith

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This chapter begins with Christopher Hill's observation that historians are interested in ideas not only because they influence societies but also due to the fact that they offer insights into the societies that gave rise to them. It covers some important writings on the history of ideas in Islam as they were formulated in and expressed through educational institutions in India. Besides, it discusses some of the seminal writings on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Indian Islam. Barbara Metcalf's thesis is that Islam in nineteenth-century India did not stagnate and that significant cultural changes occurred only through the adoption and incorporation of Western values. Meanwhile, in Delhi, almost every poet and nineteenth-century writer was connected in some way with the Chishti or Naqshbandi order.

Keywords: Indian Islam; Christopher Hill; Barbara Metcalf; Western values; Naqshbandi order; Chishti order

Chapter.  10233 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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