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Privatisation, liberalism, political openness: What characterises India’s new Muslim elite?

For the sake of analysis, I find four interesting characteristics of the contemporary Muslim elite – its self-perception as a class, its imagination of Indian Islam, its caste background and its political openness. We must note that the Muslim elite is not at all homogeneous. They come from different regions; …

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How these Muslim authors are writing the wrongs

Five years ago, in the run-up to another general election, Nazia Erum became a mother. “I was struck by fear about giving my newborn daughter a Muslim-sounding name. It was the first time we had an election with barbed rhetoric dividing Hindu and Muslims,” she says. Erum, 32, sought out …

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First Muslim MP elected to Parliament from Maharashtra in 15 years

When journalist-turned-politician Imtiaz Jaleel Syed defeated Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire by a wafer-thin margin of around 5,000 votes from Aurangabad, he registered some firsts against his name. Apart from being the first MP of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to be elected from outside their traditional pocketborough of …

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Rediscovering Forgotten Indo-Persian Works on Hindu-Muslim Encounters

In the 1680s, a Safavid embassy en route to Southeast Asia stopped briefly in Madras, where several of the Persians attended a memorable party hosted by Franks (Europeans). The evening proved to be magical, if almost unimaginable, for Muhammad Rabi‘, a member of the Iranian diplomatic team. Writing about the …

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‘God, Please Help Her’: Indian Parents Agonize Over Radicalization Of Their Children

Bindu Sampath, 52, shows photos of her daughter Nimisha Sampath, now 29, who left India three years ago, after converting to Islam. She and her husband, a fellow Muslim convert, are wanted by Indian authorities for allegedly joining ISIS. They’re believed to be in Afghanistan. “Only a mother can know …

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A Muslim and an Indian

Rumina Sethi Why is it that the moderates and the liberal minded among the Muslim middle class do not write and speak more frequently to put matters in perspective in a world that is increasingly becoming bigoted towards them? This perception is based on my response to newspaper editorials and …

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Anti-Muslim memes have no place in our politics | Editorial

There is a flyer circulating among voters in Piscataway that uses the kind of coded anti-Muslim language that makes most of us uneasy. The bigger problem is that the person who funded the flyer — powerful state Senator Bob Smith, the Middlesex Democrat — doesn’t see the necessity to repudiate …

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Lok Sabha to have more number of Muslim MPs as 27 emerge victorious

NEW DELHI: The number of Muslim MPs in the Lok Sabha has increased to a decade high of 27, up from 23 last time, with a dozen of them winning from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal even as none of the six Muslim candidates fielded by BJP tasted victory. Registering …

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Dublin hotel praised for laying on 2.30am breakfast buffet for fasting Muslim

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited A hotel in Dublin has been praised for its treatment of a Muslim guest who was fasting for Ramadan. This month, Muslims around the globe are observing Ramadan, a period of deep spiritual reflection and fasting that takes place every year. …

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