The delegation of authority in the Tablīghī Jamāʹat

dc.contributor.advisorHyder, Syed Akbaren
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMinault, Gailen
dc.creatorNelson, Priya Sumien
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-05T21:04:21Zen
dc.date.available2010-11-05T21:04:21Zen
dc.date.available2010-11-05T21:04:27Zen
dc.date.issued2010-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2010en
dc.date.updated2010-11-05T21:04:27Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe Tablīghī Jamā'at is a Muslim organization for faith renewal that was founded by Maulana Muhammad Ilyas during the 1920s in North India. The Tablīghī Jamā'at, which was loosely associated with Dāru'l-'Ulūm Deoband, responded to the increasing importance of identity politics in twentieth century South Asia by focusing on strengthening the Muslim community through proselytism. While the members of the Tablīghī Jamā'at have routinely claimed that their movement is strictly apolitical, some commentators have questioned the aptness of their characterization. Scholarship on the Tablīghī Jamā'at either confirms the apolitical nature of the organization or argues the opposite, claiming that its leaders have maintained an apolitical front that masks members’ political activity both in South Asia and abroad. This conversation has not advanced in recent years. This thesis asks why there have been such divergent attitudes towards the Tablīghī Jamā'at. In order to answer this question, it investigates the historical issues that shed light on the historiographical problem surrounding the organization. Through an analysis of the complex structure of authority in the organization, I argue that the Tablīghī Jamā'at is highly amenable to change and highly resistant to broad characterization.en
dc.description.departmentAsian Studiesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-05-1478en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectTablīghī Jamāʹaten
dc.subjectDeobanden
dc.subjectMuslim reform movementsen
dc.subjectMuhammad Ilyasen
dc.titleThe delegation of authority in the Tablīghī Jamāʹaten
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentAsian Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineAsian Cultures and Languagesen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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