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Book: British Historiography of South Asia: Aspects of Early Imperial Patterns and Perceptions

Author: Muhammad Shafique

Price in Pak Rupees: 400

Price in US Dollar: 15

ISBN: 978-969-415-112-0

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The British Historiography of South Asia: Aspects of Early Imperial Patterns and Perceptions is basically a conceptual anthology of British Imperial onslaught of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century historical knowledge. Merging the method of historical discourse with literary rhetoric and philosophical conceptualization, the book analyzes epistemological topographies of method, model, subject matter, chronology, purpose, technique, assumption, content and idea, used in a large body of British historical literature on South Asia. For, the concepts of Vernacularism, Orientalism, Imperialism, Tradition, Modernity and Identity enlighten the intellectual paradigm. It highlights the impact of modern western intellectual developments on the understanding of South Asian History on the one hand, and impact of South Asian History on the intellectual growth of Britain and Europe on the other. In this context, it is an important contribution to the understanding of how and why the British reflected dissatisfaction with the state of indigenous historical knowledge in South Asia and the evolution of British construction of South Asian past? Eventually, it ascertains the emergence of the concept of 'civilization' as a of British understanding of South Asian past.

(Sajid Mahmood Awan)

Senior Research Fellow

(NIHCR)

President

International Association of Historians of Asia(IAHA)

Dr. Muhammad Shafique is Professor of History and Historiography at the Department of History, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan. Educated at the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan and Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, he has been Charles Wallace Fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies, London (2003) and Post-Doctoral Fellow at University College, London (2011). Muhammad Shafique has been working with a number of educational and research institutions including Quaid-i-Azam University, Government of the Punjab, Education Department and Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan since 1995. Joining the BZU in 2000, he chaired the Department of Philosophy (June 2012-January 2016) and is the Chairman, Department of History at Bahauddin Zakariya University University Multan since March 2015.

 

He has participated in numerous conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Colloquia and has contributed more than thirty research papers in the study of theoretical and philosophical dimensions of history and historiography with a special emphasis on South Asia, Colonialism, British Historiography, Regional History, Regional Ethnicities, Comparative Civilizations and Philosophy of History which are published in journals of national and international repute. He is also the author of 'Ibn Khaldun: Fard, Mua'shra aur Tamaduni Irtiqa' and Editor Journal of Historical Studies.

 

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