By M.T. Ansari
Islam in India, as somewhere else, remains to be obvious as a the rest in its refusal to "conform" to nationwide and foreign secular-modern norms. the sort of basic conception has additionally had an important influence at the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, who as participants and groups were formed and remodeled over centuries of socio-political and ancient strategies, through eroding their world-view and progressively erasing their life-worlds.
This publication strains the spectral presence of Islam throughout narratives to notice that distinction and variety, demographic in addition to cultural, should be espoused instead of excised or exorcized. concentrating on Malabar - domestic to the Mappila Muslim neighborhood in Kerala, South India - and drawing totally on Malayalam assets, the writer investigates the query of Islam from numerous angles by means of constituting an archive comprising well known, administrative, educational, and literary discourses. the writer contends that an uncritical insistence on solidarity has ended in a formation within which "minor" matters embrace an far more than identification, unlike the Hindu-citizen whose identification probably coincides with the nationwide. This has ended in Muslims being the resource of a deep-seated anxiousness for secular nationalism and the pursuits of a resurgent Hindutva in that they reveal the fault-lines of a geographically and socio-culturally unified nation.
An interdisciplinary research of Islam in India from the South Indian context, this e-book should be of curiosity to students of contemporary Indian heritage, political technological know-how, literary and cultural reviews, and Islamic studies.
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