This book studies the impact of the communal violence of the early 1990s on the individual lives of the Muslim weavers of Banaras, with considerable focus on gender, identity and inter-community relations.
List of Maps and List of Wards (Varanasi). List of Abbreviations. Glossary of Selected Terms. Preface and Acknowledgements. Introduction 1. Hindu Banaras: Plural Realities and Singular Representations 2. Muslims in Banaras 3. Banaras Muslims Today: Men and Women in the Warp and Weft of the Sari 4. Communal Violence in the 1990s and Hindu–Muslim Relations 5. Of Home and the World: The Homes and Worlds of Banaras Women 6. The Vanishing World of the Julahas: The Current Crisis and its Consequences 7. Walking the Razor’s Edge: Narratives of Two Women. Conclusion. Appendix I-A: Census Tables for Handloom Sector, Varanasi District. Appendix I-B: Census Tables for Powerloom Sector, Uttar Pradesh. Appendix II: 2001 Census for Varanasi District. Appendix III: Family Profiles — Bazardiha, Jalalipur and Lohta. Bibliography. Index