19 July 2009

NEW IN PAPERBACK

PARTISANS OF ALLAH

JIHAD IN SOUTH ASIA


AYESHA JALAL

“Based on a vast command of the relevant literature, wide-ranging, meticulous research, fine-tuned analysis, and deep critical thinking, Partisans of Allah traces the history of ideas about jihad and its ethical practice from the early days of Islam to the present”
David Ludden, New York University

“It is difficult to imagine a timelier or a more thoughtful book on this subject. Jalal’s subtle reinterpretations sweep away many of the misconceptions fostered both by Western commentators and contemporary Muslim publicists”
C.A. Bayly, Cambridge University

“Jalal restores the much-used concept of jihad to its enabling history of radical self-examination in the pursuit of justice and freedom, treading a fine balance between religious faith and secular belief. This is a courageous and brilliant book for a hopeful future beyond the quagmire of those who believe in the clash of civilizations”
Homi Bhabha, Harvard University

“An erudite and thought-provoking study of the interplay of religion and politics”
Kamila Shamsie, The Guardian

“Ayesha Jalal renders a service by her erudite study of jehad in Islam”
A.G. Noorani

Rs 395 / 400pp / ISBN 81-7824-274-5 / South Asia only / Co-published with Harvard University Press

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