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Muslim Portraits

Muslim Portraits

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In this captivating new volume, 11 essays present a set of vivid portraits of Muslims in India today. Each of the contributors has a long-term research interest in Muslim societies in India, but in these essays they profile one single individual whom they have met in the course of their research and found their story compelling. Zooming in on individuals who have normally stood cheek-by-jowl with hundreds of others in a large canvas, these portraits focus on them in a separate frame, revealing their stories, predicaments, and realities, the aspirations they nurture and the impediments they overcome in their attempt to achieve these.In doing so, they highlight the sheer diversity which lies hidden under the seemingly homogenous category of the Indian Muslim, and shatter stereotypes. Intimately told and stripped of jargon, yet nuanced and incisive, this is a valuable addition to the corpus of books on the Muslim community in contemporary India.

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