Muslims in Indian Cities
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Muslims in Indian Cities:
Trajectories of Marginalization
Thursday, November 8, 2012
With more than 150 million people, Muslims are the largest Indian minority but are facing a significant decline in socio-economic as well as political terms – not to say anything about the communal waves of violence that have affected them over the last 25 years. In India’s cities, these developments find contrasted expressions. While Muslims are everywhere lagging behind, they have met an especially marked decline in riot-prone areas like Ahmedabad. These developments have resulted in the formation of Muslim ghettos in places like Juhapura in Ahmedabad. But (self-)segregation also played a role in the making of Muslim enclaves. In both cases, poor Muslims and elements of a new Muslim middle class in quest for physical as well as cultural protection, have regrouped.
Christophe Jaffrelot is Senior Research Fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS. He teaches at Princeton, Yale, King’s College, and Sciences Po. His publications, all with Columbia University Press, include The Hindu Nationalist Movement (1996), India’s Silent Revolution - The Rise of the Lower Castes in North Indian Politics (2003), Dr Ambedkar and Untouchability (2005), and Religion, Caste and Politics in India (2011).
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