South Asia

Organized Panel Session

Contesting Muslim Sovereignties in North India

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Tamarind, New Building

The panel seeks to discuss the nuances of the different aspect of Muslims sovereignties and their varied assertions in disparate spaces in colonial and postcolonial North-India in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Following a loose chronology through its three papers, it brings into conversation the mass-mobilizing political party, Majlis-i-Ahrar, contesting the Muslim League in the 1930s and 40s in North India, with later Urdu-Hindi linguistic debates and the pressure groups around Urdu that question the adoption of Hindi as state language in Uttar Pradesh up to the 1960s, and the role of Muslim citizens as distinct pressure groups in processes around the evolution of Muslim personal law in India through the 1980s, to the recent instant triple-talaq verdict. Thus, the panel seeks to elucidate three under-researched domains of alternative Muslim political formations, distinct from the dominant Muslim leadership, both in the form of the Muslim League in colonial India as well as the various self-avowed political fronts for Muslims that come up after 1947. The panel breaks the ideas of monolithic colonial or postcolonial North-Indian Muslim identities and interrogates diverging ways of Muslim engagement with the colonial and postcolonial Indian state.

Maaz Bin. Bilal

O. P. Jindal Global University, India

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Aishwarya Pandit

Jindal Global Law School, India

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Hilal Ahmed

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India

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Maaz Bin. Bilal

O. P. Jindal Global University, India

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Saumya Saxena

Law Commission of India, India

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Aishwarya Pandit

Jindal Global Law School, India

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Hilal Ahmed

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India

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