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Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia

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The idea of "jihad" is central to Islamic faith and ethics, and yet its meanings have been highly contested over time. They have ranged from the philosophical struggle to live an ethical life to the political injunction to wage war against enemies of Islam. Today, more than ever, "jihad" signifies the political opposition between Islam and the West. As the line drawn betwe ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Harvard University Press
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Indranil Banerjie
A masterful review of the practice and concept of jihad in the South Asian context. The book analyses various Muslim religious leaders and their ideas beginning with Shah Waliullah in the 18th Century and ending with the modern day practitioners of jihad in the form of radical organisations such as the Lashkar e Taiyaba.

The author argues that jihad is a much misunderstood context and Islam has been branded a violent religion without a proper understanding of its nuances. The author stresses on
Adnan Khan
Great insight of birth of jihadist in South Asia.
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The vision, at the end of World War II, of a world of sovereign nation-states, legitimate powers of law and order with a monopoly on the use of force within recognized boundaries, was a long shot. Some regions proved resistant to the formation of functional states, and it happens that many of those incompletely formed or failed states are in the Muslim world. Generally, the challenge came from the imbalance between resources, population, and the quality of institutions. Read more...
Madeeha Maqbool
An eye-opener and a joy to read. Jalal writes really well and draws the connections very clearly and intelligently. Given the Pakistani history curriculums that teach everything piecemeal and in censored versions, we don't really get a broad view of the things that have contributed to our evolution as a nation. This book makes up for that and makes you want to learn more.
Tariq Mahmood
Long overdue, a book on the development of the indigenous jihad consent in the Indian subcontinent. I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed explanations accorded by the author when going through the various proponents of jihad.
A dynamic intellectual history of the ways in which South Asian Muslim scholars have understood "jihad" in the pre-colonial, colonial and modern period.
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Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian and academic, and the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. Her work focuses on the military-industrial complex, post-colonial politics, and Muslim identity in South Asia. She is also known for positing in The Sole Spokesman that the Partition of India and Pakistan was less a political necessity than a terrible human tragedy and th ...more
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