1st Edition

Muslim Communities and Cultures of the Himalayas
Conceptualizing the Global Ummah

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ISBN 9780367210380
December 20, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This book chronicles individual perspectives and specific iterations of Muslim community, practice, and experience in the Himalayan region to bring into scholarly conversation the presence of varying Muslim cultures in the Himalaya.

The Himalaya provide a site of both geographic and cultural crossroads, where Muslim community is simultaneously constituted at multiple social levels, and to that end the essays in this book document a wide range of local, national, and global interests while maintaining a focus on individual perspectives, moments in time, and localized experiences. It presents research that contributes to a broadly conceived notion of the Himalaya that enriches readers’ understandings of both the region and concepts of Muslim community and highlights the interconnections between multiple experiences of Muslim community at local levels.

Drawing attention to the cultural, social, artistic, and political diversity of the Himalaya beyond the better-understood and frequently documented religio-cultural expressions of the region, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of anthropology, geography, history, religious studies, Asian Studies, and Islamic Studies.

Table of Contents


Juan E Campo


Jacqueline H. Fewkes and Megan Adamson Sijapati

1. Diversity, Continuity, and Disjuncture: Approaching Multivocal Perspectives on Being Muslim in the Himalaya

Jacqueline H. Fewkes and Megan Adamson Sijapati

2. Topiwalla Jinn and the Past-Times of Violence in Kashmir

Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

3. Everyday Religiosity and Extraordinary Experiences: Nepali Muslim Narratives of Hajj

Megan Adamson Sijapati

4. Portrait of an Indian Freedom Fighter: Munshi Abdul Sattar

Abdul Nasir Khan

5. Land of the Ungoverned: On the Historiography of Lawlessness at the Frontier of Empire

Jonah Steinberg

6. Perspectives: A Photo-essay

7. Voices from the Field: Interviews with the Alima of Ladakh

Jacqueline H. Fewkes

8. Hindu Shopkeepers, Quranic Verses: Intersecting Practices Between Muslims and Hindus of Nepal

Muhammad Ayub

9. The Social and Political Life of a Relic: The Episode of the Moi-e-Muqaddas Theft in Kashmir, 1963-1964

Idrees Kanth

10. ‘Himalayan Ummah’ as a Meeting Point Between Various Islamic Cultures: The Case of a Chinese Muslim Community Trading Interactions in Amdo

Marie-Paule Hille

11. Messy Narratives of Belonging: Hijrat and the Khache

Anisa Bhutia

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Jacqueline H. Fewkes is Professor of Anthropology at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, USA. She is also the author of Trade and Contemporary Society Along the Silk Road (Routledge, 2008) and Locating Maldivian Women’s Mosques in Global Discourses (2019).

Megan Adamson Sijapati is Professor of Religious Studies at Gettysburg College, USA. She is also the author of Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation (Routledge, 2011) and co-editor of Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya (Routledge, 2016).