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Essays in Contemporary Politics of Identity, Religion and Secularism

Asghar Ali Engineer (Author)
Synopsis From the content and sectional division of the articles incorporated in this volume, one could easily see the huge canvass of writings, ranging from the ethnic conflict in Central Asia, to erstwhile Soviet Union, Pakistan to relevance for need for inter-religious dialogue, to problems of minorities, contribution of Sufi and Bhakti movement to Indian medieval society, significance of Gandhi, Maulana Azad and Moulana Hussain Ahmad Madani and other prominent Muslim religious leaders for promoting the communal harmony, appraisal of secularism in Indian context to the riddle of Kashmiri identity vis-a-vis the policies of the central and state government, to language controversy, especially with regard to place of Urdu and its contribution in emerging literary and cultural traditions in this country. Of course, the major contribution of Asghar Ali is in the area of investigating communal riots in this country and the relevance of Quranic teachings as enunciated by the prophet, Mohamed Paigamber. Most of us who are familiar with major contribution of Asghar Ali, are not aware of the vast range of his writings and their significance.
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About the author

Asghar Ali Engineer

Prof. Asghar Ali Engineer is an internationally known Islamic scholar, a dedicated social reformer and an ardent advocate of inter-religious dialogue. He is specially trained in Islamic theology. Tafsir (commentary of the holy Qur’an) Islamic Jurisprudence and Hadith. He is now the Chairman of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism, and Chief Editor of the quarterly Indian Journal of Secularism. He serves also as member of the Governing Council of the foundation for Communal Harmony of the government of India. Prof. Engineer has written more than forty books and a number of scholarly articles. He has held many responsible offices like Vice President of People’s Union for Civil Liberties and chairman of the Committee for Communal Harmony. He is also recipient of important awards like National Communal Harmony Award from the Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India and Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration from Maharana Mewar Foundation.

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Bibliographic information

Title Essays in Contemporary Politics of Identity, Religion and Secularism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120204921
length vii+316p., 23cm.