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Race Religion and Law in Colonial India: Trials of an Interracial Family

Chandra Mallampalli (Author) Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society

How did British rule in India transform persons from lower social classes? Could Indians from such classes rise in the world by marrying Europeans and embracing their religion and customs? This book explores such questions by examining the intriguing story of an interracial family who lived in southern India in the mid-nineteenth century. The family, which consisted of two untouchable brothers, both of whom married Eurasian women, became wealthy as distillers in the local community. A family dispute resulted in a landmark court case, Abraham v. Abraham. Chandra Mallampalli uses this case to examine the lives of those involved, and shows that far from being products of a civilizing mission who embraced the ways of Englishmen, the Abrahams were ultimately when faced with the strictures of the colonial legal system obliged to contend with hierarchy and racial difference.

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About the author

Chandra Mallampalli

Chandra Mallampalli is Assistant Professor of History at Westmont College. His main areas of interest include religious nationalism, secularism, post-colonialism and the history of Christian missions in modern South Asia.

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Title Race Religion and Law in Colonial India: Trials of an Interracial Family
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.04.2012
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9781107026988
length 280p., 6 B/W Illustrations; 3 Maps.