Miles to Go, Promises to Keep

Mushirul Hasan

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Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695311
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081509 | DOI:
Miles to Go, Promises to Keep

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Looking at the history of ethnic division and anti-Islamic prejudice, this chapter notes four points by way of concluding observations. First, Islam in South Asia is a living tradition, howsoever defined, and a dynamic force whose traditions have been moulded by the region's unique cultures. Second, Islam persists not through rigid negation of but through adaptation to the forces of change. This has enabled its adherents to survive the endless vicissitudes of history. Third, public intellectuals invariably found in their tradition the ideological resources to bridge their sense of “difference” and participate fully and actively in the anti-colonial movement. Fourth, the inheritors of what might be called the Azad-Ajmal-Ansari legacy have succeeded, on the one hand, in connecting Western education with modernization and, on the other, in building bridges with the non-Muslims.

Keywords: anti-Islamic prejudice; ethnic division; Islam in South Asia; Muslim community; Azad-Ajmal-Ansari

Chapter.  5648 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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