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Islam and Muslim Communities in South Asia

Nadeem Hasnain (Editor)
Synopsis There are more Muslims in South Asia than any other region of the world. Incidentally, but unfortunately, Islam in South Asia has not received its due attention. Its only in recent times that sociologists/social anthropologists have turned their attention to the empirical/field view of Islam and Muslim communities in South Asia. The ‘Textual Islam’ and the ‘Lived Islam’ are not one and the same thing. Thus, it is only Islam in practice or ‘real existing Islam’ may guide the students of Islam to understand Muslim communities. It brings out a very important dimension of the problem-the key question is not what the Qoran says but what Muslims say (and believe) the Qoran says. It has an empirical validity and may be brought out by good field studies. The book consists of twenty one papers dealing with Islam and Muslim communities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Three of the papers deal with social stratification and elements of caste among the Muslims including one on Muslim OBCs. Two papers take a look at the structure of kinship relations and family law and customary practices. The largest number of papers deal with different aspects of religion-rise of Tablighi Jamaat, rites of the Daudi Bohras, rituals of protection, religiosity and Islamic institutions, religion and society among the Shia Muslims, saint worship and tradition of pir-murid. Upsurge of communalism in South India is the theme of two papers while life-space, tradition and change and identity assertion have been analysed in three other papers. Socio-historical study of wasiqa and wasiqa holders of Awadh and the relation between the subsistence, ecology and social organization are the themes of the two remaining papers. Thus, in a way, the book tries to present a kaleidoscopic view of Islam and Muslims of South Asia.
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About the author

Nadeem Hasnain

Nadeem Hasnain is a professor of social anthropology at University of Lucknow, ucknow (India). He did his Master's and Ph.D. from the same department founded by D.N. Majumdar, one of the doyens of anthropology in India. Currently he is one of the editors of The Eastern Anthropologist and also the founder-editor of a newly launched journal, Islam and Muslim Societies: A Social Science Journal. He is also heading a multi-disciplinary research organization Centre for Social Action and Development devoted to research and advocacy of the disadvantaged sections of Indian society and based at Lucknow. He has published a number of books and papers in reputed journals. His popular books include Tribal India, Indian Anthropology, Indian Society and Culture: Continuity and Change and OBC Communities in the Process of change in India some of which have been translated into several Indian languages. Two of his field based studies Bonded For Ever and Shias and Shia Islam in India: A Study in Society and culture have been widely acclaimed as seminal contributions. An academician-activist, he is also involved with the mass media and writes in popular magazines and newspapers in English, Hindi and Urdu.

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Title Islam and Muslim Communities in South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1s ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183870147
length xix+371p., Tables; Notes; References; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History