Networking through Religion: The Case of Malerkotla

Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa

in Religion and Human Security

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827732
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950553 | DOI:
Networking through Religion: The Case of Malerkotla

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The former princely state of Malerkotla, located in Northern Punjab, is a place where riots did not occur during Partition. In this unique, Muslim majority town, there are four distinct religious groups that live in close proximity to each other, and yet, the overall pattern of peaceful plurality in the town has resulted in the avoidance of violence even when the threat has loomed close by. This chapter examines how religion is negotiated and understood between two groups, Muslims and Sikhs, often understudied or studied solely in isolation from each other. It argues that when religious groups are well connected through a strong civil society network such as that which exists in Malerkotla, there is a greater opportunity for peaceful coexistence to prevail.

Keywords: Northern Punjab; religion; Muslims; Sikhs; religious groups; civil society networks; peaceful coexistence

Chapter.  8311 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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