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Composite Nationalism and Islam (Muttahida Qaumiyat Aur Islam)

Composite Nationalism and Islam (Muttahida Qaumiyat Aur Islam)

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Author:

Shaykh Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani

ISBN:

81-7304-590-9

# of Pages:

152

Type:

PB

Publisher:

Manohar Publishers

Introduction by Barbara Metcalf

"Written in 1938, Composite Nationalism and Islam laid out in systematic form the positions that the author had taken in speeches and letters from the early 1920s on the question of nationalism as well as other related issues of national importance. The book aimed at opposing the divisive policy of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League. It mainly deals with two aspects, i.e. the meaning of the term qaum and how it is distinct from the term millat, and secondly, the crucial distinction between these two words and their true meanings in the holy Koran and the Hadith tradition. By proposing composite nationalism, this important book strongly argues that despite cultural, linguistic and religious differences, the people of India are but one nation. According to the author, any effort to divide Indians on the basis of religion, caste, culture, ethnicity and language is a ploy of the ruling power." (jacket)

Contents: Foreword. Preface. Introduction: Barbara D. Metcalf. 1. The reality of my Delhi speech and spreading of the news of composite nationalism. 2. Only an Arabic language dictionary can interpret the Koranic words and the Hadith. 3. Elucidation of the word Qaum from the glorious Koran. 4. Reply of Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani. 5. A discussion on the word Ummah (community of believers). 6. The word Qaumiyat (nationalism) and the discussion related to it: Islam is a universal religion. 7. Islam has established religious unity among its followers. 8. Policy of the enemies of Islam. 9. A version to composite nationalism and patriotism. 10. Curse of nationalism. 11. Islamic brotherhood. 12. Action plan for India. 13. The united front the Prophet Mohammad formed of Muslims and non-Muslims. 14. Islam is a flexible religion. 15. Ordained meaning of composite nationalism. 16. Rights of minorities. 17. Fear of European nationalism and patriotism. 18. The real danger. 19. Interaction of the Islamic system with other systems. 20. It is possible for an individual and a nation to have different identities.

MAULANA HUSSAIN AHMAD MADANI (1879-1957) was born in village Bangarmau, District Unnao of Uttar Pardesh, India. He graduated from the famous Islamic Seminary, Darul Ulum, Deoband. He served as president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind for seventeen years (1940-1957). He played a leading role in India's freedom struggle. The Government of India conferred upon him the Padamabhushan award in 1952. He, however, politely declined to accept it.

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