© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156852011X567373 Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 54 (2011) 1-38 brill.nl/jesh Siddiq Hasan Khan (1832-90) and the Creation of a Muslim Cosmopolitanism in the 19th century Seema Alavi * Abstract The essay highlights the role of one individual, Nawab Siddiq Hasan Khan (1832-90), in writing the cultural and intellectual history of imperialisms. It brings his biography, jour- neys and intellectual forays together to show how he used the temporal moment of the mid 19th century ‘age of revolts’, and the spatial connectivity oﬀered by British and Ottoman imperialisms and re-conﬁgured them to his own particular interests. Locating Siddiq Hasan in the connected histories of the British and Ottoman Empires, it views his in-house cos- mopolitanism as a form of public conduct that was shaped by Islamic learning that culti- vated urbane civility as Muslim universalist virtuous conduct. This was a form of cosmopolitanism enabled by imperial networks, informed by pre-colonial webs of interac- tion between India and West Asia, and deeply rooted in the scriptures. Résumé Le présent article souligne le rôle d’un acteur individuel, Nawab Siddiq Hasan Khan (1832- 90), dans la fabrique de l’histoire culturelle
Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: intellectuals; colonialism; Cosmopolitanism; South Asia; reform
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