The Muslim Secular: Book Discussion

A book discussion on ‘The Muslim Secular: Parity and the Politics of India’s Partition’. It was chaired by Rajeev Bhargava. The discussants included Amar Sohal, Zoya Hasan and Hilal Ahmed.


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Muslim political thought in modern South Asia has often been associated with Pakistani nationalism. The Muslim Secular complicates that story by reconstructing the ideas of three prominent thinker-actors of the Indian freedom struggle: Abul Kalam Azad, Sheikh Abdullah, and Abdul Ghaffar Khan. Revising the view that they were mere acolytes of their celebrated Hindu colleagues M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Amar Sohal argues that these men produced a distinct Muslim secularity from within the grander family of secular Indian nationalism. Recognising the importance of a consenting minority to the formation of a plural republic, they reframed democratic equality as an idea.

Amar Sohal is an Early-Career Research Fellow in Politics and International Studies at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge.

Zoya Hasan is Professor Emerita, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Hilal Ahmed is Associate Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Rajeev Bhargava is the Director of Parekh Institute of Indian Thought, CSDS, Delhi.

Monday, 12 February 2024, 4 pm, Seminar Room and Zoom