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Minorities in a Democracy

Humayun Kabir

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Minorities in a Democracy

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The partition of the British colonies in South Asia in 1947 left 100 million Muslims in the newly independent nation of India, but Muslim Indians comprise only 12 percent of the population of India. The Muslims of India are therefore keenly interested in protection of the rights of minorities. 1 This theme is prominent in the work of Humayun Kabir (India, 19061969), one of the premier political and intellectual leaders of the Muslim community of India. Born and raised in the West Bengal region and educated both in India and at Oxford University, Kabir supported the Indian nationalist movement and opposed Islamic demands for partition. After independence, he served in the Indian parliament for more than a decade, held a series of cabinet posts, and represented India at a variety of United Nations educational programs. 2 At the same time, he wrote and lectured on Islam, developing a modernist and humanist interpretation that emphasized religious tolerance and cross-cultural communication.

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