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Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom

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/9780195695311.003.0005
Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom

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This chapter discusses the synthesis being worked out between the high Islamic custom-centred traditions which exist as complementary and integral parts of a common religious system and bestow upon Indian Islam a distinctive character. It has a twofold objective. First, it traces the multiple influences on Muslims in places where they have adopted many social and cultural practices of pre-Islamic origin, and indicates the intersecting identities, such as caste, class, or religion, pulling group members in different directions. Second, it turns to social and cultural practices, their meanings, and interpretations across different regions.

Keywords: Islamic custom; Indian Islam; common religion; Muslim influence; cultural practices

Chapter.  8667 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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