MUSLIM IDENTITY AND THE CONSENSUS DURING THE LATE COLONIAL POLITICS OF PUNJAB
The politics of late Colonial Punjab engendered a unique singular conception of Muslim identity, connected with a certain definition of Islam, in the first half of the twentieth century. The singular Muslim identity, appeared in contesting Muslim political groups as a universal religious idea, considering, at the same time, other religious groups outside the fold of Islam. The emerging universal-singular religious idea, came as a gradual consensus on a few elements and retaining a few deviant forms outside. The singular Muslim identity while moving away from customary belonging gradually reterritorialized on the ideas such as historical distinctness of being Muslim and the finality of prophet-hood. The singular Muslim idea couldn’t find its clear political expression unless varied Muslim groups merged with the politics of Jinnah’s Muslim League that, although toed the features of the identity, absorbed even the excluded forms within its generalized singular identity.
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