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Sharing the Sacred: Practicing Pluralism in Muslim North India

Anna Bigelow


Sacred and civic spaces in religiously plural communities are peacefully shared all the time, yet we rarely hear about such places. This book is a finely grained study of Malerkotla, an Indian town where Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu have coexisted for centuries and attended the same sacred site: the tomb shrine of the Sufi saint who founded the settlement. Situated in Punjab, the region most severely affected by the violence of India’s partition and independence, the town of Malerkotla illuminates the microstrategies of accommodation that make overall congenial interreligious relations possible. Th ... More

Keywords: Islam, India, conflict resolution, peace studies, Partition, Punjab, pluralism, secularism, interreligious relations, Malerkotla

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195368239
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Bigelow, author
North Carolina State University
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