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Sharing the SacredPracticing Pluralism in Muslim North India$
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Anna Bigelow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368239.001.0001

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Chapter 6. Practicing Pluralism: Getting Along in Malerkotla

Chapter 6. Practicing Pluralism: Getting Along in Malerkotla

(p.195) Chapter 6. Practicing Pluralism: Getting Along in Malerkotla
Sharing the Sacred

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Religious diversity has always been a part of life in Malerkotla. That situation has not always been handled with grace. Several significant examples of communal conflict — wars, demonstrations, guerrilla attacks, and hate crimes — have occurred throughout the town’s history. Yet especially since Partition, Malerkotla has managed the inevitable stresses extremely well and recovered equilibrium rapidly after undergoing shocks to the system. Community efforts to establish a shared idiom of inclusive piety through memorialization practices focus and depend most especially on the person of Haider Shaikh. The legacy of the saint and the persistence of the religiously diverse cult based at his tomb provide a substantial basis for the success of tried and true techniques of conflict management such as peace committees and dialogue initiatives.

Keywords:   pluralism, Malerkotla, interreligious relations, memorialization, conflict management, communal conflict

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