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Muslim Weavers, Hindu Traders

The Warp and the Weft: Community and Gender Identity among Banaras Weavers by Vasanthi Raman (New Delhi: Routledge), 2010; pp 384, Rs 795.

Sociology of Muslims in India-A Review

A Review Nasreen Fazalbhoy A look at the sociological and anthropological studies of Muslims and Islam in India in past few decades reveals that the research interest has got focused on a few selected areas relegating to the background issues of everyday cultural practices among Muslims which were explored in the 1970s. Moreover, politicisation of Hindu-Muslim relations has resulted in essentialising their religious identities, and is acting as a disincentive to understand them in historical perspective.

Muslim Society in South Asia

Nasreen Fazalbhoy Muslim Communities of South Asia: Culture, Society and Power edited by T N Madan; Manohar, New Delhi, 1995. THE book under review is a revised and expanded version of articles published in Contributions to Indian Sociology in 1972. The articles have been written at different times, and with different concerns and per- spetives, but the editor has identified three broad themes as emerging in the collection: attributes of cultural identity, modes of social organisation and dimensions of power. These themes are distributed throughout the book which is organised by country. Pakistan (three articles), Bangladesh (two), Nepal (one), India (six) and Sri Lanka (two).
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