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The Legend Lives On …

Mushirul Hasan

in Between Modernity and Nationalism

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198063322
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063322.003.0011
The Legend Lives On …

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This chapter begins with a brief description of the changes in Halide’s life prior to her death on 9 January 1964. It then discusses some broad themes that can be teased out of her discourses. These include a deep and abiding conviction in change and progress rather than hindered innovation and growth. Another theme which runs through Halide’s discourse is pluralism. She believed in pluralism as a salient feature of the Quran, the Shariat, and the Hadis. Drawing a line between Semitic Islam and un-Semitic Christianity, she found the strength of Islam in its ability to mix the spiritual with the temporal. The idea of fidelity, of faith-keeping between man and man, was the mainspring of her writings.

Keywords: Halide Edip; strength of Islam; pluralism; Christianity

Chapter.  3107 words.  Illustrated.

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