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Conversion to Islam: Untouchables Strategy for Protest in India Paperback – August, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Anima Pubns (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890120501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890120507
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,610,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most sensational events in recent Indian history was the mass conversion of several thousand untouchables to Islam, in the South Indian village of Meenakshipuram in 1981-82. The resulting backlash on the part of Hindu fundamentalist groups was one of the most important ingredients in the formation of current Hindu religious nationalism. This book is a careful sociological study of the nature and motivation of untouchable conversion to Islam. Mujahid emphasizes the ongoing massive discrimination and official persecution still leveled against untouchables, and he describes the motivation behind conversion as a search for social equality in which foreign funding played no part. The painstaking use of official statistics on untouchables and the capable research on the status of Tamil Muslims maintain an impersonal and professional tone despite the controversial nature of the subject.

"The author raises convincing objections regarding accepted sociological dogmas, such as the use of caste categories (ashra/ajlaf) to analyse Indian Muslim society. The book will be a valuable corrective for students and scholars in Indian studies, history of religions, and sociology. The bibliography, glossary, and index are usefull aids. Recommended for college and university libraries..."

-- C.W. Ernst, American Library Association
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