Tremors of Violence: Muslim Survivors of Ethnic Strife in Western India

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    Dedication

    To My Teachers at D. School

    Acknowledgements

    This is partly the product of work done at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford, where I spent several months in 2003 and 2004 on a Ford Foundation fellowship. The Bodleian library was the source of innumerable books and materials and the Centre itself a conducive place for reading and writing.

    Some of the chpaters of this book were presented at seminars in Oxford, Cambridge and New Delhi and I received very valuable suggestions as a result. My thanks to all those who participated.

    I am deeply grateful to the men and women who shape the stories of this book; some names have been altered in the text but those who shared their experiences and allowed me entry into their worlds have changed my life in a real and unforgettable way.

    I thank Valentine Gandhi for his help in preparing the maps. The editors at Sage have always been a pleasure to work with and I thank them for their unfailing courtesy and efficiency.

    Mumbai July 2005

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    A society which does not defend all, defends none

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    About the Author

    Rowena Robinson is Associate Professor in Sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay. She has earlier taught at the University of Delhi. She is author of Conversion, Continuity and Change: Lived Christianity in Southern Goa (Sage, 1998) and Christians of India (Sage, 2003), and editor of Religious Conversion in India: Modes, Motivations and Meanings (Oxford, 2003) and Sociology of Religion in India (Sage, 2004).


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