Published online by Cambridge University Press: 06 January 2022
I have argued throughout this book that the political interventions made by progressive Urduphone intellectuals – “modern,” “secular," and left-leaning – were inspired by in great part by the Indo-Persianate cultural and ethical lifeworlds that had outlasted Mughal imperial rule in spite of subsequent colonial epistemes that placed new limits upon Urdu literature. Having moved beyond the colonial archive by closely examining texts and debates within the vernacular South Asian language of Urdu, it is my contention that leftist politics in late colonial north India and in early postcolonial Pakistan cannot be fully understood without turning to a longer history of Urdu literary ethics, particularly its relationship to religion, given the impact of Sufi thought upon the leftist Urdu literary milieu. Lastly, a history which examines leftist politics in South Asia cannot ignore the Indian Muslim minority question embedded within political movements for freedom against colonial rule.
- Hidden Histories of PakistanCensorship, Literature, and Secular Nationalism in Late Colonial India, pp. 246 - 254Publisher: Cambridge University PressPrint publication year: 2022