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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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The Tropes of Jewish/Muslim Difference

The Tropes of Jewish/Muslim Difference

(p.55) 3 The Tropes of Jewish/Muslim Difference
Jews and Muslims in South Asia

Yulia Egorova

Oxford University Press

The chapter explores how notions of Jewish and Muslim difference play out in the history of communal violence in independent India. In doing so it will first interrogate the way in which trajectories of anti-Muslim ideologies intersect in India with Nazi rhetoric that harks back to Hitler’s Germany, and the (lack of) the memory of the Holocaust on the subcontinent. It will then discuss how the experiences of contemporary Indian Jewish communities both mirror and contrast those of Indian Muslims and how Indian Jews and the alleged absence of anti-Semitism in India have become a reference point in the discourse of the Hindu right deployed to mask anti-Muslim and other forms of intolerance.

Keywords:   Jews, Muslims, Hindu nationalism, Hindutva, communalism, antisemitism, Islamophobia

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