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Ideology and Paradox in British Civil Service Accounts of Muslim ‘Conspiracy’ in 1857–1859

Padamsee, Alex (2014) Ideology and Paradox in British Civil Service Accounts of Muslim ‘Conspiracy’ in 1857–1859. In: Bates, Crispin, ed. Mutiny at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857. Volume V: Muslim, Dalit and Subaltern Narratives. Mutiny at the Margins, 5 . Sage, New Delhi and London, pp. 63-81. ISBN 978-81-321-1353-9. E-ISBN 978-81-321-1353-9. (KAR id:64895)

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Abstract

This analysis of British Civil Service accounts of Indian Muslim participation in the Indian uprising of 1857-59 assesses the widespread British conception of Muslim 'conspiracy' as the guiding hand behind the genesis and evolution of what is now commonly understood by historians as a series of competing and at times collaborative, cross-communal civil and military rebellions. Using contemporary correspondence, official accounts, and later published memoirs, this chapter argues that among a relative circumscribed and elite British official class (known as 'Civilians'), not only had these exaggerated perceptions of Muslim 'conspiracy' quickly become central to strategies of British self-presentation in India in 1857, but that these forms of narrative constituted an ideological subjectivity strongly marked by the workings of paradox and centred ultimately on the complex and troubled evolution of secular neutrality as a guiding doctrine of the colonial state.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahai Faith. Theosophy, etc
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D203 Modern History, 1453-
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English > Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research
Depositing User: Alex Padamsee
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 12:28 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64895 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Padamsee, Alex: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0732-3796

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