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Beyond Turk and Hindu: Rethinking Religious Identities in Islamicate South Asia

David Gilmartin (Editor) Bruce B. Lawrence (Editor)
Synopsis This collection challenges the popular presumption that Muslims and Hindus are irreconcilably different groups, inevitably conflicting with each other. Invoking a new vocabulary that depicts a neglected substratum of Muslim-Hindu commonality, the contributors demonstrate how Indic and Islamicat world views overlap and often converge in the premodern history of South Asia. The term Islamicate refers to the broad expanse of Africa and Asia influenced by Muslim rulers but not restricted to the practice of Islam as a religion, while the term Indic evokes the breadth of premodern South Asian norms beyond Hindu doctrine or practice. Both Islamic and Indic suggest a repertoire of language and behavior, knowledge and power, that define expansive cosmologies of human existence. Neither term denotes simply bounded groups self-defined as Muslim or Hindu. This collection stresses the constant interplay and overlap between Islamicate and Indic world views, rather than the Muslim-Hindu conflicts which many take to be symptomatic of all life in the subcontinent.
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About the authors

David Gilmartin

David Gilmartin professor of history at North Carolina State University, is the author of Empire and Islam: Punjab and Making of Pakistan.

Bruce B. Lawrence

Bruce B. Lawrence is Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor of Religion at Duke University. He is the author of Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence and Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt against the Modern Age, which received the 1990 prize for excellence in religious studies awarded by the American Academy of Religion.

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Title Beyond Turk and Hindu: Rethinking Religious Identities in Islamicate South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187943343
length x+358p., Figures; Maps; Tables.