Muslims in India today are responding to the challenge of religious pluralism in a variety of ways. This book explores the attempts being made by scholar-activists and Muslim organisations to develop new understandings of Islam to relate to people of other faiths and to the modern nation-state, and to deal with issues such as democracy and secularism. It examines how a common predicament, characterised by a sense of siege and the perception of being an oppressed minority, is producing new expressions of Islam, some of which seek to relate to non-Muslims in terms of confrontation, and others which call for dialogue, reconciliation and inter-faith harmony.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Asghar 'Ali Engineer 's Quest for a Contextual Islamic Theology 3. Islam and the Muslim Minority Predicament: Reflections on the Contributions of Sayyed Abul Hasan 'Ali Nadwi 4. Peace, Dialogue and Da'wah: An Analysis of the Writings of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan 5. Islamic Voice's Agenda for the Muslims of India 6. An Islamist Approach to Inter-Faith Dialogue: The Jama'at-i Islami of India 7. Islamic Perspectives on Liberation and Dialogue: Muslim Writings in Dalit Voice 8. The 'Dalit Muslims' and the All-India Backward Muslim Morcha 9. Islam and the Dalit Quest for Liberation in Contemporary India 10. 'Now or Never!': The Inter-Faith Dialogue Project of Acharya Maulana Shams Naved 'Usmani 11. The Deendar Anjuman: Between Dialogue and Conflict 12. Islamist Activism in Contemporary India: The Students' Islamic Movement of India 13. Kashmir: From National Liberation to Islamist Jihad? 14. Glossary 15. References
Yoginder Sikand is presently based at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, Leiden, The Netherlands as a post-doctoral research scholar. He is the editor of web-magazine www.islaminterfaith.org which is devoted to discussion of issues related to Muslims in South Asia.
'This book is a "must" read for studies and research about inter-religious dialogue and relations between Muslims and Hindus in India.' - The Muslim World Book Review, 26:I, 2005