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Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life

Robin Jeffrey (Editor) Ronojoy Sen (Editor)

The 500 million Muslims who live in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka constitute roughly one-third of the world's Muslims. Their lives in the twenty-first century are challenging and diverse. Too often in recent years, they have been unfairly associated with terrorism, as anyone with a Muslim name who has passed through a Western airport will attest.

But South Asian Muslims do what other people do: they educate their children, earn livings, travel widely, discuss their faith, settle disputes, arrange marriages, cope with politics, struggle with governments, and support football teams. United by shared adherence to the Holy Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims of South Asia speak numerous languages, follow different local customs, and have varied aspirations for their own lives and those of their children.

The essays in this book probe such aspects of Muslim life. The authors' concerns range from great political debates that have affected Muslim lives to marriage on the east coast of Sri Lanka, schools and media in Pakistan, women's groups in Bangladesh, and football teams in Kolkata. This work will interest readers who wish to discover the multifaceted lives of South Asia's Muslims.

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About the authors

Robin Jeffrey

Robin Jeffrey Robin Jeffrey is Visiting Research Professor, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

Ronojoy Sen

Ronojoy Sen is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies and the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

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Title Being Muslim in South Asia: Diversity and Daily Life
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.04.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780198092063
length 400p.,