1st Edition

Muslim Communities and Cultures of the Himalayas Conceptualizing the Global Ummah

Edited By Jacqueline H. Fewkes, Megan Adamson Sijapati Copyright 2021
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 Atudies, Asian Studies, and Islamic Studies.

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    List of contributors




    Language Abbreviations

    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

    Jacqueline H. Fewkes and Megan Adamson Sijapati

    7. "When a Woman is Educated in Islam": Conversations with Alima of Ladakh

    Jacqueline H. Fewkes

    8. Hindu Shopkeepers, Qur'anic Verses: Intersecting Practices Between Muslims and Hindus of Nepal

    Mohd 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 Chinese Muslim Community Trading Interactions in Amdo

    Marie-Paule Hille

    11. Messy Narratives of Belonging: Hijrat and the Khache

    Anisa Bhutia


    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).