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.

Muslim Marginality and the Experience of Violence

Muslim Marginality and the Experience of Violence
Muslim marginality and the experience of violence

In this chapter it may appear at first that we travel a little away from our main theme. Closer attention though will undoubtedly reveal the inner network of associations that links the themes we traverse here and through the rest of the book. There is a need to construct a background against which we speak and alongside of which we have heard and will hear the voices of the individual Muslims who talk through these pages. To whom do we refer is a significant question and this chapter makes it possible for us to locate our speakers a little more attentively. There is a need to consider numbers for here they tell ...

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