Colonialism and the Call to Jihad in British India

Book: Colonialism and the Call to Jihad in British India
Publisher: Sage, New Delhi
Year: 2015
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9789351502616

This is a historical narrative that examines the role of ulema and their use of the concept of jihad during India’s struggle for independence.

The role of Muslim clerics in India’s freedom movement has been individually chronicled in the past. Beginning from the first decade of the 19th century to 1947, this book weaves a single narrative to connect all the leading ulema for the first time. It examines the role of these clerics in attempting to use the idea of jihad as an instrument for combating colonialism in South Asia as far back as 1914. This is remembered as the Silk Letter Movement, which in the records of the British Home Department is referred to as the Silk Conspiracy Case. (PTI)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 september 2015 on page no. 21

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