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My dissertation, “Questions of Faith: Christianity, Conversion and the Ideological Origins of Political Theology in Colonial India, 1813-1907”, is the first work in forty years to examine Christian evangelism in Bengal using archival evidence from sources such as vernacular Bengali broadsheets, pamphlets, court cases, probates and newspapers at multiple archives in the UK, India and Bangladesh. It has been generally argued that it is Islam against which a Hindu majoritarian political identity took shape in British India. The secularization of a discourse of the Hindu majoritarian identity as the true bearer of the nationalist discourse, and the legitimate inheritor of the political legacies of India, did emerge through the opposition to what was forcibly constructed as the “Other” to the imagined community of Indians. However, in my research I contend that in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, it was the native Christian converts who acted as this oppositional “Other” to the Indian communities of faith professing Hinduism or Islam. Using the liminal figure of the Indian Christian convert and the intellectual discourses on identity-politics that emerged around this lonely and vilified figure, I demonstrate the problem inherent in a colonial sociology of knowledge, which insisted on only one religious identity that could be used in claiming certain political, social and economic rights from the colonial state. Thus, my dissertation is an intellectual and political history of the creation of the Indian political self – a self that emerged through an often-oppositional relationship with evangelical Christianity and the apologetic debates arising out of such engagements
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The Tale of the Tailor: Munshi Mohammad Meherullah and Muslim–Christian Apologetics in Bengal, 1885–1907. South Asian Studies [Internet]. 2017. Publisher’s Version.
“They all belong to the school of Adam Smith”: The dissemination of Adam Smith’s ideas in Calcutta in the nineteenth century. Cmbridge: Harvard University; 2015.
Christ in the Paintings of Jamini Ray. Literature and Criticism. 2008;6 (1).
Milton: Parrhesiastes/Prophet. The Atlantic Critical Review. 2008;7 (3).
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- India; Bangladesh; Pakistan; Afghanistan; Sri Lanka
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- Asia, England, India, Southeast Asia, United Kingdom
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- 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century
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- Book History, Colonialism, Family, Food History, Gender, Government, Law, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Rural & Agrarian History, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women