Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation

 
9789350295465: Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation

In Indias cities, these developments find contrasting expressions. 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. 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 first-hand testimony with sound critical analysis, this volume follows urban Muslim life in eleven Indian cities, providing uncommon insight into a little-known subject of immense importance and consequence.

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Christophe Jaffrelot is research director at CNRS and teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris), as well as at Kings College, London. He is arguably one of the worlds most respected writers on Indian society and politics. 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 dEtudes de lInde et de lAsie du Sud in Paris.

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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.

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Urban India, the locus of the country's economic surge, is home to over a third of India's Muslims --(Šumit Ganguly, author of Conflict Unending: India-Pakistan Tensions Since 1947

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