By David Lelyveld
The booklet explores the character of Muslim cultural identification in 19th century India and the adjustments it underwent via colonial rule. It indicates how one establishment, The Mohammadan Anglo Oriental university, with its founders and early scholars mediated those alterations in the course of the first 25 years of its lifestyles, and advanced equipment of adapting to the demanding situations of colonialism and nationalism.
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For years my life revolved around this dream. This dream and one other, totally opposite one: to get away from human beings as much as possible, to live with my small family back in the woods, to need little money, to be undisturbing of the world, and undisturbed. After all this time of being an anthropologist, I still believed more in Nature than in Culture. Life in India had fanned the flame of my belief from both sides. While I was there I was never able to be alone with just the trees and the birds; people and their intensity were everywhere; moreover, they crowded around me, following me and keeping close tabs on me wherever I went.
Mangoes won't grow in this part of the country, I told him. ''Plant apple trees, then. " I told him it would be a big job to cut down twenty acres of secondary growth and hardwood, plow it, and plant it. Keith and I had neither the skill nor the time nor the energy nor the tools to do this. "Get laborers to do it,'' he said. " I told him we had none. In this country we could not afford to pay even one person to work for us. He kept saying over and over again, "This country is not like Tamil Nadu.
In India they are related to each other as food and spirit, feeling and flesh: they are constantly being transformed one into the other. Similar relations have been discussed by Indologists before, under the rubric of Great and Little Tradition, Text and Context. 2 The Great Tradition was the world of Sanskrit written texts, by means of which the literati throughout South Asia communicated with each other, by means of which they created the rules, the high ideals, that they thought all people should follow.