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 ideas of space and time.

Tremors of Violence seeks to demystify the stereotyping experienced by entering into the lives of everyday muslims.

Space, Time and the Stigma of Identity

Space, time and the stigma of identity

Teri galiyon mein ne rakhenge kadam

Aaj ke baad

(Words from a song from film Hawas, lyrics Sawan Kumar).

Alighting at Sion station prior to walking down to Dharavi's famous ‘90 Foot Road’ I unobtrusively move my hand across my forehead and remove my bindi. I am entering Social Nagar, Muslim space on the social map of Mumbai.

While riding to Juhapura on the back of a friend's two-wheeler, she urges me to pull my dupatta over my head. We are about to enter Ahmedabad's ‘Pakistan’.

On 13 March 2003, a day before Muharram, a bomb left in a local train went off just as the train entered Mulund station in north Mumbai. The blast left a ...

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