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Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life


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Publisher Comments:

This book contributes to the rich recent scholarship on contemporary Islam in South Asia. It provides insights into the controversies of the past 150 years over how South Asian Muslims ought to respond to the challenges of modernity and Western imperialism. Though such contests of ideas began with a few intellectuals, their consequences flowed through to touch the lives of ordinary people. The book also traces the processes, in train since British times, that have created large social categories out of diverse, dispersed communities. In the past, such communities shared only a common devotion, a sacred book and the duties the book enshrined. This volume highlights the diversity of peoples and practices among South Asians who follow Islam. Readers learn about aspects of those practices in the resolution of disputes, the education of children, the marriage of offspring, and the recreations of leisure time. The book does not underplay the violence, oppression, and uncertainty that Muslims of South Asia too often face in recent times. Overall, the book invites readers to contemplate the diverse daily lives of the more than 500 million people who are Muslims in South Asia.

About the Author

Robin Jeffrey, Visiting Research Professor, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Ronojoy Sen, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

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List of Abbreviations


Introduction: Diversity and Daily Life - Robin Jeffrey and Ronojoy Sen

1. Islam and Modernity in South Asia Muhammad Khalid Masud

2. Islam and Democracy in India: From Savile Row to Jyotiba Phule Park Barbara D. Metcalf

3. Imagining Religion: Portraits of Islamic Consciousness in Pakistan Riaz Hassan

4. The Challenges of Diversity: 'Casting' Muslim Communities in South India Torsten Tschacher

5. Matrilocal Marriage and Women's Property among the Moors of Sri Lanka Dennis B. McGilvray

6. The Making of a Diasporic Muslim Family Salim Lakha

7. The Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Board (CAB) in India: a model of community justice? Arif A. Jamal

8. 'Ilm and the Individual: Religious Education and Religious Ideas in Pakistan Matthew J. Nelson

9. Darul Uloom Deoband's Approach on Social Issues: Image, Reality and Perception Taberez Ahmed Neyazi

10. 'Being Muslim' in Contemporary India: Nation, Identity and Rights Tanweer Fazal

11. Transnational Networks, Political Islam and the Concept of Ummah in Bangladesh Mubashar Hasan

12. Muslim Aspirations in Bangladesh: Looking Back and Redrawing Boundaries Samia Huq

13. Media in Pakistan: Ideology, Indoctrination, Intimidation Khaled Ahmed

14. Kafka in India: Terrorism, Media, Muslims Irfan Ahmad

15. A Million Salutes: India's Mohammedan Sporting Club Ronojoy Sen

About the Editors and Contributors



Product Details

Jeffrey, Robin
Oxford University Press Indian Branch
Sen, Ronojoy
Religion & Theology | Islam
World History - India
Publication Date:
3 maps, 10 photos
5.8 x 8.6 x 1.3 in

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History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » World History » India
Religion » Islam » General
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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