Thoughts of Becoming: Negotiating Modernity and Identity in Bangladesh

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Thoughts of Becoming: Negotiating Modernity and Identity in
Bangladesh,

ABSTRACT

This dissertation constructs a history and conducts an analysis of Bangladeshi political thought with the aim to better understand the thought-world and political subjectivities in Bangladesh.
The dissertation argues that political thought in Bangladesh has been profoundly structured by colonial and other encounters with modernity and by concerns about constructing a national identity. Negotiations between the incomplete and continuous projects of modernization and
identity formation have produced certain anxieties about becoming that permeates political consciousness and ideas in the country. Though such anxieties of becoming are also shared by other postcolonial countries, the specific, though not necessarily exclusive, character of
Bangladeshi thought emerges out of the country’s particular political history and the double birth of the nation – first as Pakistan, then as Bangladesh. The dissertation seeks to establish this specific character of Bangladeshi political thought and political subjectivity through
investigations into the political and intellectual histories of erstwhile East Pakistan and present day Bangladesh, engaging closely with the political lives and thoughts of four select thinkers and political actors – Abul Mansur Ahmad, Abul Hashim, Maolana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION 1
THEORETICAL CONCERNS AND LOCATION OF THE DISSERTATION IN VARIOUS FIELDS OF STUDIES 12
THE “POSTCOLONIAL” TENSION BETWEEN MODERNITY AND IDENTITY 20
THE NEGOTIATION OF MODERNITY AND IDENTITY IN BANGLADESH 27
READING BANGLADESHI POLITICAL THOUGHT: PRACTICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL CHALLENGES 34
Selection of Interlocutors 41
PREVIEW OF THE CHAPTERS 45
CHAPTER TWO
CONTEXTUALIZING BANGLADESHI POLITICAL THOUGHT: AN OUTLINE OF SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND
INTELLECTUAL HISTORIES OF BANGLADESH 49
COLONIAL ENCOUNTERS IN SHAPING POLITICS, SOCIETY AND THOUGHT IN INDIA AND BENGAL 52
THE BENGALI-MUSLIMS AND THEIR MIDDLE-CLASS INTELLIGENTSIA: A SOCIAL HISTORY 65
AN OUTLINE OF A POLITICAL HISTORY OF PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH 80
THE BENGALI-MUSLIM THOUGHT-WORLD: TRENDS, TENSIONS, AND NEGOTIATIONS 106
CONCLUSION 123
CHAPTER THREE
THE FIRST BIRTH OF THE NATION BENGALI-MUSLIM IDENTITY AND IDEAS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE IN
PRODUCING THE “PAKISTAN MOMENT” 124
“THE PAKISTAN MOMENT”: HISTORY MAKING AND POLITICAL THEORY 131
SELF, OTHER, AND THE WORLD: ABUL MANSUR AHMAD’S POLITICS OF BENGALI-MUSLIM CULTURAL
NATIONALISM 139
POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY IN NATIONALIST TIME: ABUL HASHIM’S VISIONS FOR A MODERN ISLAMIC
POLITY 163
CONCLUSION 187
CHAPTER FOUR
THE SECOND BIRTH OF THE NATION: ASPIRATIONS OF DEMOCRACY, EQUALITY, FREEDOM, AND
SOCIAL UPLIFT IN PRODUCING THE BANGLADESH MOMENT 194
BETWEEN RADICAL DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: MAOLANA BHASHANI’S ARGUMENTS FOR
PASTORAL GOVERNANCE 200
BETWEEN LIBERAL DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL UPLIFT: SHEIKH MUJIB’S STRUGGLE TO FOUND A NEW
ORDER 238
CONCLUSION: BHASHANI, MUJIB AND THE BANGLADESH MOMENT 284
CHAPTER FIVE
CONCLUSION 288
BIBLIOGRAPHY 311

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Author

Humayun Kabir

Year

2020

No of Chapters

5

No of Pages

339

Reference

YES

Format

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