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Partition A World Turned Upside Down

Mushirul Hasan

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Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195695311
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081509 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195695311.003.0007
Partition A World Turned Upside Down

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This chapter situates the discussion within the context of currently competing arguments and connect the many-layered partition history with the story previously told-the story of pluralism and composite living and its sudden collapse. Some recent works by Ravinder Kaur and Yasmin Khan force us to look again, and from a most uncomfortable angle, at the partition debates. In addition, the chapter deals with cities turning into flaming volcanoes, of village after village being set on fire, of men, women and children fleeing from the valleys to safety on high slopes, and of hate-blinded vengeful men committing violence, murder, rape, and mutilation. It covers the general, the political, and the human aspects of a grim and sordid story. All throughout, the discussion points to the bewildering diversity of Muslim communities, the variety in their social and cultural traits, and the range and depth of their divisions.

Keywords: partition debates; pluralism; Ravinder Kaur; Yasmin Khan; Muslim communities; violence

Chapter.  15785 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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