Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life

Hardcover | May 21, 2014

EditorRobin Jeffrey, Ronojoy Sen

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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 beganwith 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 commondevotion, 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 theviolence, oppression and uncertainty that Muslims of South Asia too often face in recent times. The essays of Irfan Ahmad and Khaled Ahmed focus on these sombre aspects. Overall, the book invites readers to contemplate the diverse daily lives of the more than 500 million people who are Muslims inSouth Asia.

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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 beganwith a few intellectuals, their consequences...

Robin Jeffrey is Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Ronojoy Sen is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:356 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.01 inPublished:May 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198092067

ISBN - 13:9780198092063

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List of Tables, Figures and MapsList of AbbreviationsAcknowledgementsRobin Jeffrey and Ronojoy Sen: Introduction: Diversity and Daily Life1. Muhammad Khalid Masud: Islam and Modernity in South Asia2. Barbara D. Metcalf: Islam and Democracy in India: From Savile Row to Jyotiba Phule Park3. Riaz Hassan: Imagining Religion: Portraits of Islamic Consciousness in Pakistan4. Torsten Tschacher: The Challenges of Diversity: 'Casting' Muslim Communities in South India5. Dennis B. McGilvray: Matrilocal Marriage and Women's Property among the Moors of Sri Lanka6. Salim Lakha: The Making of a Diasporic Muslim Family7. Arif A. Jamal: The Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Board (CAB) in India: a model of community justice?8. Matthew J. Nelson: 'Ilm and the Individual: Religious Education and Religious Ideas in Pakistan9. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi: Darul Uloom Deoband's Approach on Social Issues: Image, Reality and Perception10. Tanweer Fazal: 'Being Muslim' in Contemporary India: Nation, Identity and Rights11. Mubashar Hasan: Transnational Networks, Political Islam and the Concept of Ummah in Bangladesh12. Samia Huq: Muslim Aspirations in Bangladesh: Looking Back and Redrawing Boundaries13. Khaled Ahmed: Media in Pakistan: Ideology, Indoctrination, Intimidation14. Irfan Ahmad: Kafka in India: Terrorism, Media, Muslims15. Ronojoy Sen: A Million Salutes: India's Mohammedan Sporting ClubAbout the Editors and ContributorsGlossaryIndex