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From Pluralism to SeparatismQasbas in Colonial Awadh$
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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195693232

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693232.001.0001

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Gardish-e-dauran: Vicissitudes of Fortune

Gardish-e-dauran: Vicissitudes of Fortune

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(p.279) 8 Gardish-e-dauran: Vicissitudes of Fortune
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From Pluralism to Separatism
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Mushirul Hasan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693232.003.0008

Little is known about the impact of the Partition on culture and social structure in Awadh. Nevertheless, the histories of a locality can be better understood by studying lives. Indeed, the Kidwais’ historical experience in Masauli reveals the engagement of a family and class with their colonial and post-colonial predicaments. The lives of the Masauli Kidwais offer a glimpse into qasbas, both past and present. In general, official identifications in the census alone were not enough to reify or solidify identities. The Kidwais and many other families in the Bara Banki district in the United Provinces interactively created meanings and identities which shaped their lives.

Keywords:   Awadh, Kidwais, Masauli, qasbas, families, Bara Banki district, United Provinces

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