Author: Francis Robinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195663594
It is all too rarely realized that one third of the world's Muslim population lives in South Asia. These Muslims have played a major part in both Islamic history and Indian history. The essays in this volume address key themes in these histories.This work includes essays on :The Nature of conversion to IslamThe Introduction of print and religious change among the MuslimsThe move from other-worldly to this-worldly religion and the emergence of individualismApproaches to understanding 'secularization' in an Islamic contextThe huge impact of the events of 1857 and their aftermath on the consciousness of North Indian MuslimsThe relationship between Islam and the politics of Muslim separatismMoving beyond South Asia, the ways in which Muslim and Christian civilizations have fed off each other but, more often than note, chosen to ignore the fact.Several essays have formed part of major academic debates. The collection is rounded off by a series of responses in the form of long reviews to some of the most important contributions over the past twenty years to the Muslim history of South Asia.