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India: 50 Years of Independence: 1947-97 (Volume 18)

B.B. Dutta (Author) S H M Rizvi (Author) Shibani Roy (Author)
Synopsis The contemporary Indian Muslims represent a culturally and ethnically diversified group of breeding isolates bound together only by common belief in Islam. Boundaries are maintained between various Muslim groups which result into presence of about 436 bio-cultural entities, each differing from the other with their individual specificities. The ethnographic profiles of these breeding isolates have been depicted in the book. The book attempts to demolish the concept of Muslim-ness and Islam being uniting forces binding the bio-culturally divergent groups under one banner.
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About the authors

B.B. Dutta

B.B. Dutta (Ph.D., Gauhati University) manages three separate careers as a professor, research scholar and founder chairman of non-governmental organizations engaged in understanding Indian plurality through collecting base line data. He is supervising research projects in socio-economic development of tribes of north-east India. He has edited a large number of books based on research papers presented in seminars, symposium and workshops organized by organizations with whom he has been associated with. His research papers published in Indian and international journals have evoked interest among scholars of Social Sciences. He is currently a Member of Parliament.

S H M Rizvi

Dr. Syed Hasan Mujtaba Rizvi (Ph. D., University of Delhi) is a research anthropologist and has carried out empirical studies in the field of bio-cultural anthropology among the tribes, and Muslims of northern, western, north-western and north-eastern India. He, along with Dr. Shibani Roy, has written eleven books based upon original research. One of the Professor Emeritus (Anthropology) while reviewing his books stated that ".this indicates his understanding of the subject of anthropology in totality and in modern anthropological world, works of such nature are always encouraged."

Shibani Roy

Shibani Roy was born and brought up at Delhi. Her schooling had been at the Lady Irwin School and Post-School studies from Miranda House. She received her B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Anthropology in 1967 and Master Degree from the same Discipline specializing in SocialAnthropology. After a year of research work in the field of "Consanguinity among Muslims of North India", she joined department of Anthropology as a Ph.D. student in 1970 and was awarded the Ph.D. Degree in 1976. She was a part-time lecturer in Lady Irwin college, New Delhi, teaching post graduate classes during 1972-73. She was the recipient of senior research fellowship of C.S.I.R. for her project entitled "Changes in value Orientation of contemporary Muslims" carried out amongst the Bohras of Bombay. Her articles in Hindustan Times and Youth Times equally provoked the social scientists and laymen and made them have a new perspective towards this minority community. From 1976 to 1978 she had been actively engaged in a project on female fertility financed by World Health Organization. The entire work had been centred around Rajput Women of Rajasthan. At present she is holding the post of Assistant Anthropologist (Cultural) with the Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India. She has participated in national and international seminars and has a few publication to her credit in the field of Muslim women. Dr. Shibani roy has further stepped into the secluded privacy of the Muslims by marrying a Muslim fellow anthropologist and has a daughter.

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Bibliographic information

Title India: 50 Years of Independence: 1947-97 (Volume 18)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176460060
length xvi+312p., References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.