Representations of Indian Muslims in British Colonial Discourse

Author(s): 
Padamsee, Alex
ISBN: 
1403992304
Date published: 
July 2005
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
256

This study questions current views that Muslims represented a secure point of reference for the British understanding of colonial Indian society. Through revisionary readings of a wide range of texts, it re-examines the basis of the British misperception of Muslim 'conspiracy' during the 'Mutiny'. Arguing that this belief stemmed from conflicts inherent to the secular ideology of the colonial state, it shows how in the ensuing years it produced representations ridden with paradox and requiring a form of descriptive segregation.