Qaṣbas as Place

  • A Sense of Belonging and Nostalgia in Colonial India
  • M. Raisur Rahman
  • Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, November 2015, Brill
  • DOI: 10.1163/15685209-12341387

How and why do we associate ourselves with a place?

What is it about?

Human connectedness to a place is an important part of our identities that we express in various forms. This article is about the universality of place in our lives. All of us relate to or feel strongly about the place where we were born, grew up, lived, worked, and the one that we continue to inhabit. This essay is also about how people identify themselves with small towns, even though they may not live there anymore.

Why is it important?

It adds to and further complicates the discussion on place, spatial identities, nostalgia studies, and literary history.


Dr M. Raisur Rahman
Wake Forest University

This article relates to a larger work (book) titled "Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India."

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