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19 July, 2012
Moral Languages from Colonial Punjab: The Singh Sabha, Arya Samaj and Ahmadiyahs
Moral Languages from Colonial Punjab: The Singh Sabha, Arya
Samaj and Ahmadiyahs
After its annexation in 1849, the Punjab became the most
important agricultural province of British India. Within a few decades, much
changed in the region, including the intellectual horizons of the Punjabi
elite. This monograph tells the comparative socio-intellectual history of the
Singh Sabha (Sikh), Arya Samaj (Hindu) and Ahmaiyah (Muslim) voluntary reform
As a new contribution to
this field, the term ‘moral languages’ is introduced to discuss the
reformers’ redefined traditions that emerged in response to Western reason and
Christianity. Underwriting the Singh Sabha, Arya Smaj and Ahmadiyh moral
languages was the fundamental process of strengthening doctrine, conduct, and
ritual through a dialogic process in which readings of the traditional
literature (often as interpreted by European Orientalist scholars) were
combined with an understanding that frequently invoked the authority of
In particular this volume argues that the secular-religious
binary opposition, which has been so dominantly in existence since the European
Enlightment, hides more than it shows. Significant to the social consciousness
of the Punjabi reformers was the partial overlap with the British civilizing
mission’s underlying notion of improvement. The term moral languages emphasizes
that since the nineteenth-century religion is nothing more than morally
motivated and spread through modern institutions and practices. Hence, he Singh
Sabh, Ary Samaj and Ahmdiyah moral languages are discussed in terms of modern
traditions based on rational knowledge and practices that became vital to the
struggle or authority and status n the context of an emergent liberal public
sphere and processed of state formation.
This timely book will be of great interest to scholars of
British Punjab, South Asian colonial history and comparative religion.
Bob van der Linden (Ph.D., Amsterdam University, 2004) is a
modern South Asia historian. He has recently published on the relationship
between music and empire in Britain and Indi.