Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalisation

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Laurent Gayer, Christophe Jaffrelot
Columbia University Press, 2012 - History - 400 pages
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Muslims constitute the largest minority in India yet, surprisingly, they suffer the most politically and socioeconomically. Forced to contend with severe and persistent prejudice, they often fall victim to violence and collective acts of murder. While the quality of Muslim life may lag behind that of Hindus nationally, local, inclusive cultures have been resilient in the south and the east. In the Hindi belt and in the north, Muslims have known less peace, especially in the riot-prone areas of Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Aligarh, and in the capitals of former Muslim statesOCoDelhi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, and Lucknow. These cities are rife with Muslim ghettos and slums, though self-segregation has also played a part in forming Muslim enclaves, as in Delhi and Aligarh, where traditional elites and the new Muslim middle class regrouped for physical and cultural protection. This book deploys a quantitative methodology combining firsthand testimony with sound critical analysis.

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