Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation (Columbia/Hurst)

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Numbering more than 150 million, Muslims constitute the largest minority in India, yet they suffer the most politically and socioeconomically. Forced to contend with severe and persistent prejudice, India's Muslims are often targets of violence and collective acts of murder.

While the quality of Muslim life may lag behind that of Hindus nationally, local and inclusive cultures have been resilient in the south and the east. Within India's cities, however, the challenges Muslims face can be harder to read. In the Hindi belt and in the north, Muslims have known less peace, especially in the riot-prone areas of Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Aligarh, and in the capitals of former Muslim states -- Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, and Lucknow. These cities are rife with Muslim ghettos and slums. However, self-segregation has also played a part in forming Muslim enclaves, such as in Delhi and Aligarh, where traditional elites and a new Muslim middle class have regrouped for physical and cultural protection.

Combining firsthand testimony with sound critical analysis, this volume follows urban Muslim life in eleven Indian cities, providing uncommon insight into a little-known but highly consequential subject.

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Laurent Gayer is a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), currently posted at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) in New Delhi. He is also research associate at the Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud in Paris.

Christophe Jaffrelot is research director at CNRS and teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris), as well as at King's College, London. From 2000 to 2008, he served as director of CERI at Sciences Po and is arguably one of the world's most respected writers on Indian society and politics. His publications include The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics: 1925 to the 1990s; India's Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India; and Dr. Ambedkar and Untouchability: Fighting the Indian Caste System.

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Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot have assembled an impressive array of scholars to produce a fascinating portrait of India's Muslim communities. The analyses are well-researched, offer new insights, and provide complex and often disturbing accounts of the state of Muslim communities across metropolitan India. The contributors eschew facile generalizations, provide fine-grained accounts, and display an admirable sensitivity to both historical and contemporary social forces that have helped define the current socioeconomic and political conditions of India's most sizable minority in its urban milieus. This work contributes much to addressing an important lacuna in the literature on the contemporary politics and status of India's Muslim minority.

(Šumit Ganguly, author of Conflict Unending: India-Pakistan Tensions Since 1947)

Urban India, the locus of the country's economic surge, is home to over a third of India's Muslims -- and it is there that the diverse cultures of Muslim India once flourished. Yet today, India's urban Muslims are the most disprivileged of its urban citizens, and their life-chances are sharply constrained in every respect. In this pioneering set of political ethnographies, the predicament of Indian Muslims is examined across a dozen cities. Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot's substantial volume at once illuminates empirical conditions and tests theories about ghettoization, integration, and the political attitudes of India's urban Muslims.

(Sunil Khilnani, director of the India Institute, King's College London)

Christophe Jaffrelot's range of scholarship is amazing, and his new book, Muslims in Indian Cities, coedited with Laurent Gayer, illustrates well his wide-ranging interests. The contributions are instructive and insightful and cover a much-neglected theme in contemporary South Asia.

(Mushirul Hasan, director general of the National Archives of India)

This is certainly the best empirically-researched book on Muslims in con¬temporary India that I've read. It brilliantly highlights the magnitude of Muslim marginalization and the desperate need to address it.

(Yoginder Sikand, author of Muslims In India Since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations and Bastions Of The Believers: Madrasas and Islamic Education In India)

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Book Description Columbia University Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Brand New Book. Numbering more than 150 million, Muslims constitute the largest minority in India, yet they suffer the most politically and socioeconomically. Forced to contend with severe and persistent prejudice, India s Muslims are often targets of violence and collective acts of murder. While the quality of Muslim life may lag behind that of Hindus nationally, local and inclusive cultures have been resilient in the south and the east. Within India s cities, however, the challenges Muslims face can be harder to read. In the Hindi belt and in the north, Muslims have known less peace, especially in the riot-prone areas of Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Aligarh, and in the capitals of former Muslim states -- Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, and Lucknow. These cities are rife with Muslim ghettos and slums. However, self-segregation has also played a part in forming Muslim enclaves, such as in Delhi and Aligarh, where traditional elites and a new Muslim middle class have regrouped for physical and cultural protection. Combining firsthand testimony with sound critical analysis, this volume follows urban Muslim life in eleven Indian cities, providing uncommon insight into a little-known but highly consequential subject. Bookseller Inventory # LVN9780231703086

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