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.
Fissures in a Time of Crisis
It will obviously not have escaped notice that the word ‘community’ has been employed quite freely through the course of these chapters. There is considerable justification for its use, I would maintain. For the kind of assertive Hindu identity-based politics that has emerged around the issue of the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi in recent decades has, in many ways, thrust on Muslims almost everywhere a sense of belonging to a single, and threatened, community. In Mumbai certainly the slaughter of hundreds of Muslims in the violence of January 1993 and the injury and displacement of thousands of others ensured that all would afterwards bear a collective scar. The patterns of displacement which, as we have already ...