By Sufia M. Uddin

Highlighting the dynamic, pluralistic nature of Islamic civilization, Sufia M. Uddin examines the advanced historical past of Islamic nation formation in Bangladesh, previously the japanese a part of the Indian province of Bengal. Uddin makes a speciality of major moments within the region's background from medieval to trendy instances, reading the interaction of language, well known and scholarly non secular literature, and the colonial adventure as they contributed to the construction of a different Bengali-Islamic identity.

During the precolonial period, Bengali, the dominant nearby language, infused the richly varied traditions of the area, together with Hinduism, Buddhism, and, finally, the Islamic faith and literature introduced by means of Urdu-speaking Muslim conquerors from North India. Islam was once no longer easily imported into the zone by means of the ruling elite, Uddin explains, yet used to be integrated into neighborhood culture over hundreds of thousands of years of interactions among Bengalis and non-Bengali Muslims. consistently contested and negotiated, the Bengali imaginative and prescient of Islamic orthodoxy and group was once mirrored in either language and politics, which eventually produced a in particular Bengali-Muslim tradition. Uddin argues that this technique in Bangladesh is consultant of what occurs in other places within the Muslim international and is hence an instructive instance of the advanced and fluid family members among neighborhood background and the higher Islamic international neighborhood, or umma.

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