Identity Formation in South Asia
Publisher:Three Essays Collective-Delhi
About the Book
This book critiques the taken-for-granted opposition of Hindu and Muslim as separate and cohesive categories, the frequent coding of syncretism as deviant, impermanent or tolerant, and moves towards a more nuanced approach. It questions the historicist preoccupation with incidents and processes of conflict, conquest, iconoclasm, and sets out to nlook at co-existence and peaceful interactions at the grassroots as equally crucial for the fortmation of identities. Written with perception and lucidity, it could be used profitably by scholars and by students, teachers, activists and the general reader.
About the Author
Kamaljit Bhasin-Malik (Meeto) was doing her doctoral dissertation at Balliol College, University of Oxford, when she died in January 2006 at the age of 28. She had been awarded the prestigious Clarendon Fellowship. Before returning to academics, she worked in various capacities with organizations involved in developmental and gender issues, minorities and human rights, and peace movements.