Delhi's Meatscapes: Muslim Butchers in a Transforming Mega City by Zarin AhmadDelhi's Meatscapes: Muslim Butchers in a Transforming Mega City by Zarin Ahmad

Delhi's Meatscapes: Muslim Butchers in a Transforming Mega City

byZarin Ahmad

Hardcover | January 28, 2018

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This work is about the Qureshi Muslim butchers of Delhi - an endogamous group among Muslims in India, traditionally involved in the Islamic Halaal slaughtering and selling of animal meat. Ethnographic studies on Qureshi Muslims in India have been rare. The aim of this work is to add to thesmall and scattered literature on social diversities among Indian Muslims. It looks at the lives of an urban occupational people who are engaged in the meat sector, the commodity meat, and the socio-political, economic, and cultural spaces that meat occupies in urban areas. In doing so, the authorfollows the transformation of the animal to diverse commodities and their trajectory from the farm to the meat shop. The author argues that the meat sector itself has undergone significant technological changes, mechanizing many of the tasks that were earlier performed manually. This has signalled ahuge socio-economic shift for butchers and as well as the meat trade. The domain of the butchers it is argued was already polarized and problematized due to the complexities of meat in the Indian religious, political, and social landscape. This study thus aims to understand and document these shiftsand contextualize the changing identities of a marginalized community.
Zarin Ahmad is an Affiliated Research Fellow at the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi. She is a New India Foundation Fellow and received her doctorate in South Asian Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has previously worked on refugees and Muslim minorities in Sri Lanka in ...
Title:Delhi's Meatscapes: Muslim Butchers in a Transforming Mega CityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pagesPublished:January 28, 2018Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199477809

ISBN - 13:9780199477807

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgementIntroduction: Meatscapes and Muslim Butchers1. Taarikh e Quresh: History of the Biradri2. Bonds of Cohesion: Community Life in Delhi3. From the Farm to the Abattoir: Actors, Networks, Spaces4. Roadside Vendors and Glitzy Malls: Delhi's Diverse Meatscapes5. Messy Meat, Messier Politics: Relocating the Abattoir6. Taaleem, Tanzeem,aurTijaarat: Qureshis as Agents of ChangeBibliographyIndexAbout the Author