Tremors of Violence: Muslim Survivors of Ethnic Strife in Western India
Publication Year: 2005
Based on narratives of, and interviews with, Muslim men and women, this book furthers an understanding of the world and worldviews of those who have seen and lived through one or more violent confrontations and episodes in their lives. Through engagements with these survivors, it weaves many stories of devastating loss, the painful and never absolute process of recovery and the unrelenting battles for survival and for redress from the state.
It explores troubling issues like what it means to be a Muslim today; how people who have experienced such violence perceive their neighbours, their land, their own selves, and their practices, which have been violated during times of violence; and the ways in which the memories of violence bring about shifts in everyday life, in ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Inaugurating Responsibility
- Chapter 2: Space, Time and the Stigma of Identity
- Chapter 3: Muslim Marginality and the Experience of Violence
- Chapter 4: ‘I can Harden my Heart to Bear this’: Women's Words and Women's Worlds
- Chapter 5: Fissures in a Time of Crisis
- Chapter 6: Breaching Boundaries: Experiments in Remaking the World
- Chapter 7: Through a Dark Tunnel: The Face of the Future
Copyright © Rowena Robinson, 2005
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Tremors of violence: Muslim survivors of ethnic strife in western India/Rowena Robinson.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Victims of violent crimes—India—Gujarat. 2. Victims of violent crimes—India—Bombay. 3. Muslims—Violence against—India—Gujarat. 4. Muslims—Violence against—India—Bombay. 5. Ethnic conflict—India—Gujarat. 6. Ethnic conflict—India—Bombay. I. Title.
ISBN: 0-7619-3408-1 (pb)
Sage Production Team: Deepa Dharmadhikari, Mathew P.J. and Santosh Rawat
To My Teachers at D. School[Page 6]
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[Page 10]
A society which does not defend all, defends none[Page 12]
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About the Author[Page 262]
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).