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Sharing the SacredPracticing Pluralism in Muslim North India$
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Anna Bigelow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368239.001.0001

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Chapter 3. Before Partition: Challenges to the Plural Kingdom

Chapter 3. Before Partition: Challenges to the Plural Kingdom

(p.99) Chapter 3. Before Partition: Challenges to the Plural Kingdom
Sharing the Sacred

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Immediately before Partition in 1947 Malerkotla underwent several periods of interreligious turmoil. From the 1920s to the 1940s, that challenged the popular image of the town as an island of peace. For example, when a Hindu ceremony interfered with the Muslim prayer at two separate mosques within a few years of each other, the resulting conflict endured for more than a decade. Yet these troubles — including a Hindu-Muslim riot in which a Hindu was killed — were mitigated to such an extent that Malerkotla was able to survive the tumult of Partition without loss of life and with no interreligious conflict. This chapter illuminates grass-roots conflict resolution in practice.

Keywords:   Partition, peace, communal conflict, Malerkotla, conflict resolution

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