Islamic movements in India: Moderation and its Discontents

1st Edition

Arndt-Walter Emmerich

Routledge
November 28, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367343149 - CAT# 313389
Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

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Summary

This book analyses the emerging trend of Muslim minority politics in India and illustrates that a fundamental shift has occurred over the last 20 years from an identity dominated, self-serving and inward-looking approach by Muslim community leaders, Islamic authorities and social activists that seeks to protect Islamic law and culture, towards an inclusive debate centred on socio-economic marginalisation and minority empowerment.

The book focuses on Muslim activists, and members and affiliates of the Popular Front of India (PFI), a growing Muslim minority and youth movement. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork undertaken since 2011, the author also analyses recent literature on Muslim citizenship politics and the growing involvement of Islamist organisations and movements in the democratic process and electoral politics to demonstrate that religious groups play a role in politics, development, and policy making, which is often ignored within political theory. The book suggests that further scrutiny is needed of the assumption that Muslim politics and Islamic movements are incompatible with the democratic political framework of the modern nation state in India and elsewhere.

Contributing to a more nuanced understanding of how Islamic movements utilise various spiritual, organisational and material resources and strategies for collective action, community development and democratic engagement, the book will be of interest to academics in the field of Political Islam, South Asian Studies, Sociology of Religion and Development Studies.

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