Politics, Religion, History

Yoda Press bring out the third edition of Devotional Islam and Politics in British India: Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and His Movement, 1870-1920 by Usha Sanyal in their New Perspectives on Indian Pasts series.

Sanyal is a part time lecturer of Queens University of Charlotte and also a Visiting Assistant Professor of History in Wingate University. Her main research area is on the role of Maulana Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi and Ahl-e Sunnat in Jamaat Movement in Britsh India. This resulted in her 2005 book on Ahmad Riza Khan, In the Path of the Prophet.

Devotional Islam and Politics in British India presents Sanyal’s nuanced study of the Sunni scholar Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi, his writing and the Ahl-e Sunnat movement. During the formative period of this movement, between the 1880s and 1920, the debates in which the Ahl-e Sunnat ‘ulama engaged with other north Indian ‘ulama’ pertained mainly to religion. The ‘ulama tried to inculcate in individual Muslims a stricter adherence to the shari’a or law to bring about reform or to engage in tajdid (renewal of faith). This effort at renewal was inspired in many instances by the example of the Prophet Muhammad. Their efforts at reform resulted in the opening of schools, the publication of tracts and journals, and the writing of fatwa’s (legal rulings) on concrete problems raised by members of the community with the ‘ulama emerging in the process as an important source of authority in the absence of Muslim state power.

In  paperback, 392 pages, Rs. 395. ISBN: 9788190666862