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Family, Kinship and Marriage Among Muslims in India

Imtiaz Ahmad (Author)

This classic work deals with aspects of family, kinship and marriage in Muslim communities in different parts of India. Each contribution included here is based on data collected by the authors through fieldwork in specific communities. Each contributor also seeks to describe and analyse the social institutions in terms of social practices rather than the formal laws of Islam. Some contributors do refer to the formal Islamic principles and try to examine the correspondence between them and the social practices and behaviour they found in the areas of their study. The Islamic rules relating to kinship and marriage are not their primary concern. They refer to them merely as analytic bases. Their primary concern is to provide an empirical profile of the structure and functioning of family, kinship and marriage in the communities about whom they write. The book fills a long-standing gap in our sociological knowledge about Muslims in India and would be valued both for the rich ethnographic accounts of particular Muslim communities and for the fresh light it throws on those aspects of Muslim kinship and marriage which have been a subject of much heated debate. "Imtiaz Ahmad, Former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi."

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About the author

Imtiaz Ahmad

Imtiaz Ahmad was a Professor of Political Sociology at JNU. His Caste and Social Stratification among Muslims in India is a pioneering work. He has written research articles for national and international magazines on the politics of communalism, and electoral democracy.

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Bibliographic information

Title Family, Kinship and Marriage Among Muslims in India
Author Imtiaz Ahmad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.10.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789388540766
length 401p.