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Community as History

Gyanendra Pandey

in The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780198077305
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081097 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077305.003.0004
Community as History

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This chapter discusses the example of a slightly different kind of local history from the Bhojpuri region, which represents just one attempt among many in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to bring ‘history’ to the witness-stand and assert a community identity in terms both of temporality and territoriality. The example — Sheikh Muhammad Ali Hasan's Waqeat-o-Hadesat: Qasba Mubarakpur—takes the form of a history or chronicle of events in the qasba prepared in the 1880s by a scion of a local Muslim zamindari family. The importance of the text is illustrated by drawing on alternative reconstructions of the same history as found in other sources.

Keywords: local history; Bhojpuri region; community identity; qasba; colonialist historiography; chronicle of events; Sheikh Muhammad Ali Hasan; Muslim zamindari family; Waqeat-o-Hadesat

Chapter.  17340 words.  Illustrated.

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