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  • Acknowledgments vii

    Introduction / Vasant Kaiwar and Sucheta Mazumdar 1

    The Aryan Model of History and the Oriental Renaissance: The Politics of Identity in an Age of Revolutions, Colonialism, and Nationalism / Vasant Kaiwar 13

    Aryanizing Projects, African “Collaborators," and Colonial Transcripts / Andrew E. Barnes 62

    Orientalism's Genesis Amnesia / Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi 98

    Coining Words: Language and Politics in Late Colonial Tamilnadu / A. R. Venkatachalapathy 126

    An Anticolonial International?: Indians, India, and Africans in British Central Africa / Michael O. West 146

    The “Moment of Manoeuvre": “Race," Ethnicity, and Nation in Postapartheid South Africa / Neville Alexander 180

    Cultural Nationalism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Case of Iran / Minoo Moallem 196

    The Politics of Religion and National Origin: Rediscovering Hindu Indian Identity in the United States / Sucheta Mazumdar 223

    Race, Orient, Nation in the Time-Space of Modernity / Vasant Kaiwar and Sucheta Mazumdar 261

    Select Bibliography 299

    Contributors 325

    Index 329
  • Vasant Kaiwar

    Andrew E. Barnes

    Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

    A.R. Venkatachalapathy

    Michael O. West

    Neville Alexander

    Minoo Moallem

    Sucheta Mazumdar

  • Antinomies of Modernity is a fundamental contribution to scholarship decentering Eurocentric epistemic perspectives. Vasant Kaiwar and Sucheta Mazumdar have collected impressive essays, including their own articles and introduction, showing the epistemic potential of ‘antinomies of modernity’ in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. This collection makes a signal contribution toward a paradigm showing us the way beyond postmodernism and postcolonialism.“—Walter D. Mignolo, Duke University — N/A

    "Truly international in its engagement, Antinomies of Modernity is an important, original, and timely collection. As cultural studies turns global, we will need more anthologies like this one."—Christopher Connery, University of California, Santa Cruz — N/A

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    Antinomies of Modernity asserts that concepts of race, Orient, and nation have been crucial to efforts across the world to create a sense of place, belonging, and solidarity in the midst of the radical discontinuities wrought by global capitalism. Emphasizing the continued salience at the beginning of the twenty-first century of these supposedly nineteenth-century ideas, the essays in this volume stress the importance of tracking the dynamic ways that race, Orient, and nation have been reworked and used over time and in particular geographic locations.

    Drawing on archival sources and fieldwork, the contributors explore aspects of modernity within societies of South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Whether considering how European ideas of Orientalism became foundational myths of Indian nationalism; how racial caste systems between blacks, South Asians, and whites operate in post-apartheid South Africa; or how Indian immigrants to the United States negotiate their identities, these essays demonstrate that the contours of cultural and identity politics did not simply originate in metropolitan centers and get adopted wholesale in the colonies. Colonial and postcolonial modernisms have emerged via the active appropriation of, or resistance to, far-reaching European ideas. Over time, Orientalism and nationalist and racialized knowledges become indigenized and acquire, for all practical purposes, a completely "Third World" patina. Antinomies of Modernity shows that people do make history, constrained in part by political-economic realities and in part by the categories they marshal in doing so.

    Neville Alexander, Andrew Barnes, Vasant Kaiwar, Sucheta Mazumdar, Minoo Moallem, Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, A. R. Venkatachalapathy, Michael O. West

    About The Author(s)

    Vasant Kaiwar is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Duke University.

    Sucheta Mazumdar is Associate Professor of History at Duke University. She is the author of Sugar and Society in China: Peasants, Technology, and the World Market. From 1981 until 2002 they served as coeditors of the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

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