Posted by: Dawud Israel | January 18, 2010

What is a Brown Sahib?

Some readings…

Ziauddin Sardar marvels at the brown sahibs

Native Orientalists at the Daily Times by Shahid Alam

The modern Brown Sahibs by Zafar Bangash

A literary Brown Sahib By Hassan Suroor

I would stretch it further and say we also have brown sahibs in the Middle east in the form of the Kings and Emirs and their love of all things Western. If you want to explore more on this phenomenon you could perhaps take a look at the story of the last Nizam of Hyderabad in this Youtube video.

Contrast this with the “Western mühtedî” namely, Tim Winters (Abdul Hakim Murad) the Englishman who has become Muslimized

A literary Brown Sahib


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