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Geopolitics of Ummah(s) in Bangladesh: A Historic Narrative

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This chapter focuses on geopolitics of the formation of ummah in Bangladesh. It shows how Muslims in Bangladesh have configured variations of political Islam by manipulating ummah against the backdrop of multiple geopolitical events including expansion of Islamic empires in the Indian subcontinent, British colonization of the sub-continent, the First World War, Arab-Israel war, the cold war, fall of communism, 9/11, and the latest war in Syria. Through this thick descriptive, historic narrative this chapter aims to demonstrate that the emergence of Bangladesh as a Muslim majority nation state and its ongoing journey as a state is deeply embedded in the geopolitics of the formation and expansion of the ummah. I begin this chapter with a discussion of Islam’s arrival in Bangladesh to show that the roots of various ummahs among Muslims in terms of their approaches to politics are products of history. Later, I describe how the diverse interpretations of ummah are rooted in a number of geopolitical events.

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Hasan, M. (2020). Geopolitics of Ummah(s) in Bangladesh: A Historic Narrative. In: Islam and Politics in Bangladesh. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-1116-5_3

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