Nationalism and Post-Colonial Identity: Culture and Ideology in India and Egypt

1st Edition

Anshuman A Mondal

Routledge
Published September 17, 2010
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415600156 - CAT# Y111864

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Summary

How have nations and nationhood become the dominant form of political organization today? What is the role of culture in nationalism? In what ways have the ideological development of nationalisms in the post-colonial world shaped understandings of contemporary political problems such as the rise of radical Islam, communalism, and the failure of secular-liberal democracy? This book offers the first comparative study of two highly significant anti-colonial nationalisms. Its close analysis of nationalist discourse in India and Egypt is situated within a new theoretical framework for studying nationalism, based on a trenchant critique of theorists such as Benedict Anderson, Ernest Gellner, Eric Hobsbawm and Anthony Smith.

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