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Against History, Against State

Counterperspectives from the Margins

By Shail Mayaram

About the Book

A reassessment of conventional South Asian historiography from a subaltern perspective and a unique look at how conceptions of history and community clash. This incisive study explores the Meo community through their oral literature, revealing sophisticated modes of collective memory and self-government while telling a story that radically diverges from most accepted Indian histories.

About the Author

Shail Mayaram is a visiting senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India, and a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in Jaipur, India. She is the author of Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity, the co-author of Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanambhumi Movement and the Fear of Self, and a member of the Subaltern Studies editorial collective.


"Mayarams's work is a fascinating and important examination." -- Jason Freitag, Journal of Asian Studies