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Razak Khan: "Rethinking “National Culture” of India: An Entangled Indo-German Intellectual History"

Reception by Indian students in Germany to Professors of Berlin University, 1926. In the photo can be seen: Dr. Abid Husain (First from right)

Reception by Indian students in Germany to Professors of Berlin University, 1926. In the photo can be seen: Dr. Abid Husain (First from right)
Image Credit: The publisher and author thanks the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin as the depository of Prof. Krüger’s estate for the friendly permission to use the photographs of this ZMO archive collection.

This post highlights one strand of the complex pattern of intellectual entanglements between Indian Muslim and German intellectuals in the twentieth century. It suggests that the issue of minority’s position with respect to national culture were central to the histories of Germany and India in the twentieth century. Following Aamir Mufti´s suggestion, this post situates the problematic status of “Minority” as it emerged as the “Jewish Question” in Germany and traces its re-appearance and persistence as the “Muslim Question” in colonial and post-colonial India. The entangled intellectual history of Indian Muslim scholarly writings on the issue of “Muslim Question” and minority integration in India share a deep affinity with German thought, particularly on the issue of national culture (Kultur), self-cultivation, education (Bildung/Erziehung) and citizenship ideals that dominated the intellectual debates on the “Jewish Question” and emancipation in Germany.

 

You can read the full article on the TRAFO Blog.