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Khilafat in History and Indian Politics
Authorship Description
Zaheer Ali.
Bibliographical Details 344 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. Delhi, Aakar Books.
ISBN-10 9350024934
ISBN-13 9789350024935, 978-9350024935
Year of Publication 2017.
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Khilafat in History and Indian Politics

"The term Khilafat is currently in circulation internationally for all the wrong reasons. The theocracy that had emerged in the desert-tribal society of the Arab peninsula in the aftermath of the death of the Prophet of Islam had been through and structurally during its long history of thirteen hundred years. This is a brief historical account of Khilafat, an Islamic political institution that has been mired in controversies right from its inception. An attempt is made to present an objective critique of the Islamic polity that in a way, was largely responsible for crafting schisms in Islam with its own commencement. The Divisions it entailed in the nascent tribal faith were later developed into conflicting, often inimical, sects of a creed that purportedly originated to unify the entire mankind under the umbrella of the `Unity of God'. The early Khilafat comprised four Caliphs, all close companions of the Prophet but could occupy the most coveted post of the embryonic Islamic sate mainly because of their affiliation to the dominant albeit numerically smaller tribe of the Quraish. Most Muslims and almost all Sunnin Muslims acknowledge that the first four Caliphs were the `Khulfa-e-Rashidum' (Rightly GuidedCaliphs) and were democratically elected. Despite the democratic pretence, the governing structur that ultimately emerged was unabashedly totalitarian that demanded complete surrender of an individual at the altar of the temporal-religious authority, which purportedly represented the will of the `ummat'. It was a kind of despotism that controlled an individual's entire life including food and drink choices, the issues that usually fell in the private realm.

By the time of the last Khilafat of the Ottomans ended in the after shock of the Second World War by the imposition of the most sadistic and vindictive peace treaties, the Treaty of Serves, on the Vanquished Turks, the Muslim political elite in India launched a movement for the restoration and continuation of the Ottoman Khilafat. It was soon endorsed by the national leaders, the most prominent of them being Gandhi. It was some what bizarre for in no Muslim-dominated country was such a movement even though of. What is more, a political front that claimed to be promoting and protecting the religious, social, political and economic interests of the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, the Muslim League, did not even bother to make common cause with the leaders of the Khilafat movement. The most paradoxical dimension of the issue was that in the Arab lands, in particular the Arab peninsula, the epicentre of Islam, the people struggled to overthrow the yoke of the Ottoman Khilafat. Why then, were only the Indian Muslim emotionally involved in a movement that was vehemently condemned and assailed by a huge majority of Muslims outside the Indian subcontinent? The answer to this reasonable question may be sought in the unreasonable political agenda of the Muslim leaders of India Read on..."                                                                                  [from Blurb]



1. Theoretical Framework

2. The Rightly Guided Caliphs

3. Transformation of Khilafat

4. Khilafat Movement

5. Beyond the Movement

6. Conclusion

Notes and References


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