Author: Mushirul Hasan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173044929
Making Sense of history is a historian’s exploration of the past and present. Some article, essays and interviews supplement his scholarly publications, but most reflect professor Hasan’s present-day concerns. Thus, he writes on 11 September, on Palestine and on pogrom in Gujarat. He dwells on the rise of Hindu nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism and critically evaluates their cultural and ideological resources. His is a story that resonates with ideas on the contemporary Indian scene.
This book also devotes a section to some of the leading Western and South Asian interpreters of Islam. Without being apologetic about Islamic teaching, Professor Hasan engages with a wide range of topics of concern to contemporary Muslims in India and overseas. Covering a variety of themes including jehad, education, literature and political thought, he clears up some distortions and mis-presentations about Islam and the Muslim communities.
Professor Hasan airs his view with unusual candour. He is clear in hi thinking, lucid in his exposition, and uninhibited in communicating with his newspaper readers.
The book affords many valuable insights and interesting analyses. Readers seeking on understanding of aspects of Indian history and contemporary affairs will find a sensitive handling of the various social, cultural and political issues.