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Handbook of Muslims in India: Empirical and Policy Perspectives

Rakesh Basant (Editor) Abusaleh Shariff (Editor)

This handbook brings together the most recent work on the socio-economic conditions of the Muslim community in India, using and taking forward the debates and policy questions raised by the Sachar Committee Report (2006).

Using detailed empirical data, the handbook provides a comprehensive understanding of:

* The socio-historical context within which one must situate Muslims in India.
* The demographic and educational conditions of Muslims.
* The various dimensions of employment and labour market and
* Policy options to improve the conditions of Muslims in India.

What types of affirmative actions are more desirable? Will more information on Muslims put pressure on policymakers at different levels? What is the role of community specific and general policies/institutions in ameliorating the conditions of a community? Are minority-specific and poverty alleviation policies substitutes? The handbook explores these multifaceted issues, analysing the interplay of security, identity, and equity in the everyday life of Muslims. It highlights the heterogeneity within the community and provides a comparative analysis of Muslims vis a vis other socio-religions groups.

Lucid and wide spanning, the handbook will be invaluable for students and scholars of development economics, sociology, Indian politics, history, and minority studies. It will also be of interest to journalists, policymakers, NGOs, and lay readers.


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About the author

Abusaleh Shariff

Dr. Abusaleh Shariff has been working as an Associate Professor in the Population Research Unit of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore since 1985. He has a Ph.D. degree from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, and a Master's degree in Economics from Bangalore University. He served as a member of the research staff in the India Population Project, Karnataka, between 1974 and 1980. Dr. Shariff has participated and presented several papers in many national and international seminars and conferences, and is author of a number of papers. His more recent works include 'Child Survival: Some Cultural Factors Associated with Morbidity and Mortality in South India', 'Human Organization' and 'The Changing Family System: Woman's Status and Fertility Decision Making.'

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Bibliographic information

Title Handbook of Muslims in India: Empirical and Policy Perspectives
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.01.2010
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 0198062052
length xx+308p., 25cm.