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Of Bitter Passions

Mushirul Hasan

in Moderate or Militant

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695311
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081509 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695311.003.0002
Of Bitter Passions

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This chapter discusses the strains and stresses resulting from the images of Muslim communities, partition, and a series of shattering events such as the demolition of the Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992 and the Gujarat catastrophe in February-March 2002. In recent years, the media has discovered and interpreted Islam as posing a counter alternative to the West. It is, consequently, obsessed with theories on the clash of civilizations, the imperative of jihad for contemporary Muslims, and the theoretical roots of “Islamist political terror”. This is lamentable enough; but the more worrisome development is that some sober historians are equally influenced by the global image of Islam based on observation rather than systematic empirical evidence.

Keywords: Muslim communities; partition; Babri Masjid; Gujarat catastrophe; Islam; political terror

Chapter.  18284 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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