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Muhammad IqbalEssays on the Reconstruction of Modern Muslim Thought$
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Chad Hillier and Basit Koshul

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748695416

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695416.001.0001

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Muhammad Iqbal: Restoring Muslim Dignity through Poetry, Philosophy and Religious Political Action1

Muhammad Iqbal: Restoring Muslim Dignity through Poetry, Philosophy and Religious Political Action1

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(p.201) 9 Muhammad Iqbal: Restoring Muslim Dignity through Poetry, Philosophy and Religious Political Action1
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Muhammad Iqbal
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Dayne E. Nix

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695416.003.0009

This concluding chapter details how Muhammad Iqbal aimed to re-establish Muslim dignity under the British Raj. Iqbal diagnosed a wound within the modern Muslim soul, caused by two injuries — first, a paternalistic colonialism justified through particular socio-political, philosophical, and religious doctrines and, second, the intellectual laziness and lack of courage on the part of the Muslims themselves. The medicine that Iqbal prescribes is the empowerment of the self (khudi). These newly empowered Muslims will be able to revitalise the community and confidently assert themselves against oppressive rule. However, in order to see a khudi-empowered community realised, Indian-Muslims need to be committed to instilling the necessary character traits within themselves.

Keywords:   Muhammad Iqbal, Muslim dignity, British Raj, colonialism, Muslims, khudi, Indian-Muslims

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