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Sharing the Sacred: Practicing Pluralism in Muslim North India
by Anna Bigelow
Inter-religious relations in India are notoriously fraught, not infrequently erupting into violence. This book looks at a place where the conditions for religious conflict are present, but active conflict is absent. Bigelow focuses on a Muslim majority Punjab town (Malkerkotla) where both during the Partition and subsequently there has been no inter-religious violence. Wit ...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA
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So much research on Hindu-Muslim relations in India focuses on civil strive/communal violence. This book looks at a town in India, in the Punjab (which was otherwise ravaged by partition violence) in which Muslims and Hindus have lived in peace, even during the violence that racked the rest of the subcontinent during Partition. Bigelow argues that peace is not a given---it must be worked on and produced. She explores the ways in which peace is produced through a shrine in the city that is visite ...more