By Syed Nesar Ahmad
This volume offers new insight into the debate over the underlying causes of the clash between Hindus and Muslims that continues to polarize India. Based on a thorough review of Indian history during the 19th and 20th centuries, Ahmad challenges both popularly held viewpoints regarding the nature of this conflict. His analysis of the emergence of the Muslim consciousness demonstrates how both selectivism and assimilation, rather than simply intrinsic differences and cultural conditions, have hallmarked this schism. India's struggle for identity is explained in terms of the interaction of religious, social, cultural, and global factors, and this wide perspective can hopefully illuminate the causes of similar conflicts throughout the former colonial world.