First off let me say that everything I've read about the Akbair makes me love them. My impression of Deobandi's is conservative + tassawuf. I'm speaking about the Deobandi Ulema, of course; there are some extreme Deobandi awam... But nonetheless they seem like great people. Now, I'm not able to read Urdu, so I'm kind of handicaped. This means that all the information I get about them is through intmederies. So, there might be alot that I'm not understanding.
Anyways, I'm interested in how it all came together. Was there always a strain of ultra-conservativism amongs the Ulema of India? Did this evolve because of certain indviduals? I've heard the name of Shah Walliullah(ra)(i think that's his name) thrown around. I don't mean any disrepect, but did the emergence of Salafism/Wahhabism effect the Ulema. What was the religous climate before the creation of Daruloom Deoband? Once Ulema of Deoband began writing stuff, were Ulema around India becoming bipartisan? I mean, did they divide all around India, and began choosing sides? That's all for now.
Please don't turn this in a Deboandi-Brelwie brawl! I would apreciate if Deobandi's and non-Debandi's can chime in, and please be objective... Also I'd like if some of you can post links, if there is anything on the internet over this topic.