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.
Breaching Boundaries: Experiments in Remaking the World
It is in everyday life that human beings are tested as to whether they are—in Goethe's words—‘grain or husk’
Agnes Heller (1984: 7)
Altaf lives in Vatva, Ahmedabad. When the violence of 2002 engulfed his home city, he was no longer the young boy he had been when his father, a textile mill worker, died in riots in 1985. He had told this son to go home, while he went on to try and stop the battles on the streets. He did not return alive. Altaf's grandfather, a staunch Communist, also died in communal violence in 1969. The boy grew up with stories of the courage and social activism of his father and paternal ...