About the Book :
The late capitalist phase of development has been marked by intensified ethnic and religious polarisations both at global and local levels. Ethnic minorities and marginalised are faced with increased challenges with respect to their economic development, social and civic rights. Muslims, as a religious minority, are also faced with these challenges in India, and suffer from acute development deficits, ethno-centric discriminatory practices, and physical and social violence, off late conspicuously emerging from mimicry of the global drifts at local level, undermining the social and religious hybridity developed in the country over a historical period of time. Muslims, who in many states of India are largely concentrated in urban centres, are getting confined to their ghettoes, characterised by lack of development and at large a subsistence informal urban economy. Essays in this volume, based on in-depth case studies from many cities of India, highlight the local-global nexuses, concerns and deprivations of Muslims, and opportunities available to them for their development. The book also highlights the peace building process between religious communities, politics of culture, and deprivation among Muslims resulting from the coalescing of traditional cultural elements with neoliberal economy. The book will be very useful for researchers and teachers in the field of Development Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Human Geography, Economic Sociology, Cultural Studies, Islamic Studies and Policy Studies.
About Author :
Abdul Shaban is Associate Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has authored the book Mumbai: Political Economy of Crime and Space (Orient Blackswan, 2010), and edited Lives of Muslims in India: Politics, Exclusion and Violence (Routledge, 2012). He has published several papers on development and deprivation in India, and production of ethnic spaces in cities. He has authored state reports on Socio-economic and Educational Status of Muslims in Maharashtra and prepared Multi-sectoral Development Plan for Malegaon Town, for Maharashtra State Minorities Commission, Government of Maharashtra. He has also produced several other reports for Government of Maharashtra, Government of India, the World Bank, and national and international corporate groups. He has been visiting Professor at Department of Geography, University of Paris-7, Diderot, Paris, France; Department of Environmental Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; International Development Studies, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. He has been visiting fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2008-09 (at Department of Geography and Environment), and 2011-12 (at Cities Programme).
Saqib Khan is a researcher based in Mumbai. He has an MA in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He was part of the team that prepared Multi-sectoral Development Plan for Malegaon for Maharashtra State Minorities Commission, Government of Maharashtra. He also frequently writes in online magazines about the nature and implications of present-day politics and Development in India.