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Mad Mullas and Englishmen

David B. Edwards

in Heroes of the Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780520200630
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916319 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520200630.003.0005
Mad Mullas and Englishmen

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This chapter on the events of 1897 records some of the dangers that arise when the determinant encounters the contingent and also draws attention to the moral threat posed by colonialism. Using the writings of another would-be hero, Winston Churchill, as a lens, this chapter outlines the moral significance attached to Islam by colonial authorities and indicates the larger, moral threat that the West was beginning to pose not only to Islamic religious leaders but also to tribesmen and kings as well. It looks at a conflict (referred to by the British as an “uprising” and by the people of the frontier as a “jihad”) that broke out in the summer of 1897 along the border between British India and Afghanistan.

Keywords: colonialism; Englishmen; Winston Churchill; jihad; British India; Afghanistan; Islam

Chapter.  21266 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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