Hamid Ansari on Monday released a book titled, ‘Locale, Everyday Islam and Modernity’ written by M Raisur Rahman at a function held at the Vice-President’s Secretariat in New Delhi.
Through this book, the author who is an Associate Professor at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina and USA, has explored why locales remain major identity-markers and what made Qasbahs continue to evoke memory and nostalgia.
Addressing the occasion, the Vice-President said, “I am very delighted to read such a valuable book which is in fact a chapter of North-Indian history on Qasbahs. History should be recorded as to why the institution of Qasbahs has suddenly started declining and has almost disappeared. One reason could be that people had to leave their places to earn livelihood.” Ansari also congratulated the author for such a valuable book.
The book presents the Qasbahs of colonial India as the most vital and vibrant centres of intellectual and cultural activity. It also demonstrates that the emergence of modernity among Muslims was a process that happened during the colonial encounter in which Qasbah residents were active agents and the Islam that emerged from here was out of everyday living.