South Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Encountering the World through Print: the Newspapers of Mohamed Ali Jauhar

Saturday, July 7
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Gulmohar, First Floor

This paper responds to the themes of the panel through an exploration of the worlds constructed within the pages of two prominent, and quite exceptional, newspapers of the late-colonial period, The Comrade (1911-14) and Hamdard (1913-14). The English and Urdu-language vehicles respectively of the charismatic Muslim public figure and editor, Mohamed Ali Jauhar (1878-1931), both pioneering in the 1910s. The Comrade in particular, was regarded during its short lifespan as the epitome of modern journalism. It was produced by a patchwork of staff in India, a dispersed array of reporters and local sources whose news was transmitted back to India through telegraph wires and trans-continental mail services, and reprinted essays from foreign periodicals. What would have struck readers as they leafed through its pages was the sheer multitude of news on offer – it virtually cataloged the contemporary world in each issue. Tellingly, a supplement was introduced in 1913, ‘The Islamic World’, which gathered together news about the Muslim world in particular. Maps and even photography were frequently included. This paper undertakes to ask: what could have been the effect – and affect – produced by such an encyclopedic approach to the world? What alternative ways of reading and knowing are engendered by such presentations, and what alternate relationships do they encourage? Further, it seeks to complicate the connection between newspapers and “imagined communities” to ask: could the world itself be one’s community? And if so, in what relation did the world and the ummah (Muslim community) in particular exist?

Faridah Zaman

University of Chicago, United States

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