Religious Nationalism Hindus and Muslims in IndiaBy: van der Veer, Peter
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|By: van der Veer, Peter|
Format: Softcover | 247 pp
Publisher: University of California Press
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Topic: Political History
Van der Veer's central focus is the lengthy dispute over the Babari mosque in Ayodhya, site of a bloody confrontation between Hindus and Muslims in December 1992. A thought-provoking range of other examples describes the historical construction of religious identities: cow protection societies and Sufi tombs, purdah and the political appropriation of images of the female body, Salman Rushdie and the role of the novel in nationalism, Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, the Khalsa movement among Sikhs, and nationalist archaeology and the televised�Ramayana.