Muslims in India since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations

Muslims in India since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations

Muslims in India since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations

Muslims in India since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations

Synopsis

Muslims in India today are responding to the challenge of religious pluralism in a variety of ways. This book explores the attempts being made by scholar-activists and Muslim organizations to develop new understandings of Islam to relate to people of other faiths and to the modern nation-state, and to deal with issues such as democracy and secularism. It examines how a common predicament, characterized by a sense of siege and the perception of being an oppressed minority, is producing new expressions of Islam, some of which seek to relate to non-Muslims in terms of confrontation, and others, which call for dialogue, reconciliation and inter-faith harmony.

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The various websites cited in this text were available on the Internet at the time of writing, but some of them may no longer be in existence or some material from them might have been removed.

Modified versions of chapters of this book have previously been published in various journals: 'Minority Predicament: Reflections on the Contributions of Sayyid Abul Hasan 'Ali Nadwi' (Encounters, vol. 7, no. 1, 2001); 'A New Indian Muslim Agenda: The Dalit Muslims and the All-India Backward Muslim Morcha' (Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol. 21, no. 2, 2001); 'Islamic Mission and Inter-Religious Dialogue in a Minority Context: The Jama'at-i-Islami of India' (Islam and Christian Muslim Relations, vol. 13, no. 1, 2002); 'Islamic Perspectives on Liberation and Dialogue in Contemporary India: A Case Study of Muslim Writings in Dalit Voice' (Studies in InterReligious Dialogue, vol. 12, no. 1, 2002); 'The Deendar Anjuman: Between Dialogue and Conflict' (Muslim World, vol. 92, nos. 3 and 4, 2002), '[Now or Never!]: Inter-Faith Dialogue and the Recovery of [True] Hinduism as Seen in the Writings of Acharya Maulana Shams Naved 'Usmani', Islamic Studies, vol. 41, no. 2, 2002). I am grateful to the publishers of these journals for permission to reproduce them here.

Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Hindi words in this book are used without diacritical marks, except in the case of the letter 'ayn', for which a single inverted comma is used.

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