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Jews and Muslims in South AsiaReflections on Difference, Religion, and Race$
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Yulia Egorova

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856237

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199856237.001.0001

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Diversities and Minorities

Diversities and Minorities

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Jews and Muslims in South Asia

Yulia Egorova

Oxford University Press

The chapter provides an outline of the history of Jews and Muslims in South Asia focusing on the multiplicity of definitions of both groups. While highlighting the diversity of Indian Jews and Indian Muslims, it discusses how in the British period the colonial authorities constructed and sedimented the boundaries both around and within the two groups, depicting them simultaneously as foreign to the subcontinent in ways that would minoritize them in British India and, subsequently, in independent India, and as indigenous, in ways that proved to be detrimental to their position vis-à-vis the Hindu majority in the case of Indian Muslims and vis-à-vis overseas Jewish organizations in the case of Indian Jews.

Keywords:   Jews, Muslims, colonialism, history, Hindu majority

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