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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195695311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695311.001.0001

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Questioning Civilizational Fault Lines

Questioning Civilizational Fault Lines

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(p.86) 4 Questioning Civilizational Fault Lines
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Mushirul Hasan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695311.003.0004

This chapter contests theories on civilizational fault lines by introducing the voices of diversity in the writings of Aziz Ahmad and Mohammad Mujeeb on the one hand, and Nirad C. Chaudhuri and the Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, on the other. Of the four, Mujeeb alone showed awareness of the all-inclusive nature of the historical process of which he was part. The other three are naturally conservative, extol as knowledge what is already prejudice, and defend ways of thought and action that undermine democratic values. Nirad C. Chaudhuri has a critical position in the history traced here, being the heir to a great intellectual tradition in Bengal, with a mind moulded by the dominant ideas of his age.

Keywords:   Aziz Ahmad, Mohammad Mujeeb, Nirad C. Chaudhuri, V.S. Naipaul, prejudice, Bengal

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