The Phantom Wahhabi: Liberalism and the Muslim fanatic in mid-Victorian India*

  title={The Phantom Wahhabi: Liberalism and the Muslim fanatic in mid-Victorian India*},
  author={Julia Stephens},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={22 - 52}
  • Julia Stephens
  • Published 5 December 2012
  • History, Law
  • Modern Asian Studies
Abstract In the late 1860s and early 1870s the British colonial government in India suppressed an imagined Wahhabi conspiracy, which it portrayed as a profound threat to imperial security. The detention and trial of Amir and Hashmadad Khan—popularly known as the Great Wahhabi Case—was the most controversial of a series of public trials of suspected Wahhabis. The government justified extra-judicial arrests and detentions as being crucial to protect the empire from anti-colonial rebels inspired… 

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