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Religion and Human SecurityA Global Perspective$
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James K. Wellman and Clark Lombardi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.001.0001

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Networking through Religion: The Case of Malerkotla

Networking through Religion: The Case of Malerkotla

(p.94) 6 Networking through Religion: The Case of Malerkotla
Religion and Human Security

Karenjot Bhangoo Randhawa

Oxford University Press

The former princely state of Malerkotla, located in Northern Punjab, is a place where riots did not occur during Partition. In this unique, Muslim majority town, there are four distinct religious groups that live in close proximity to each other, and yet, the overall pattern of peaceful plurality in the town has resulted in the avoidance of violence even when the threat has loomed close by. This chapter examines how religion is negotiated and understood between two groups, Muslims and Sikhs, often understudied or studied solely in isolation from each other. It argues that when religious groups are well connected through a strong civil society network such as that which exists in Malerkotla, there is a greater opportunity for peaceful coexistence to prevail.

Keywords:   Northern Punjab, religion, Muslims, Sikhs, religious groups, civil society networks, peaceful coexistence

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