By Sufia M. Uddin
During the precolonial period, Bengali, the dominant local language, infused the richly various traditions of the area, together with Hinduism, Buddhism, and, finally, the Islamic faith and literature introduced via Urdu-speaking Muslim conquerors from North India. Islam used to be no longer easily imported into the area by means of the ruling elite, Uddin explains, yet used to be included into neighborhood culture over hundreds of thousands of years of interactions among Bengalis and non-Bengali Muslims. continuously contested and negotiated, the Bengali imaginative and prescient of Islamic orthodoxy and neighborhood used to be mirrored in either language and politics, which finally produced a in particular Bengali-Muslim tradition. Uddin argues that this approach in Bangladesh is consultant of what occurs in different places within the Muslim international and is accordingly an instructive instance of the complicated and fluid kin among neighborhood historical past and the larger Islamic worldwide neighborhood, or umma.
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Constructing Bangladesh: Religion, Ethnicity, and Language in an Islamic Nation (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks) by Sufia M. Uddin