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People Without History: India's Muslim Ghettos

Jeremy Seabrook and Imran Ahmed Siddiqui

People Without History: India's Muslim Ghettos

Jeremy Seabrook and Imran Ahmed Siddiqui

Distributed for Pluto Press

272 pages | 5.07874 x 7.79528
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745331133 Published May 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745331140 Published May 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The West has become obsessed with Muslims, constantly classifying them as either ‘moderate’ or ‘extreme’. Reacting against this dehumanising tendency, Jeremy Seabrook and Imran Ahmed Siddiqui show us the daily life of poor Muslims in India and sheds light on what lies behind India’s ‘economic miracle’.

The authors examine life in Muslim communities in Kolkata, home to some of the most disadvantaged people in India, giving a voice to their views, values and feelings. We see that Muslims are no different from those of other faiths – work, family and survival are the overwhelming preoccupations of the vast majority. Although most are observant in their religion, there is no trace of the malevolence or poverty-fuelled extremism attributed to them.

This enlightening and elegantly written book will be of great interest to students and practitioners of development and anyone who wants a more realistic picture of Muslim life and modern India.

Contents

Introduction

1. Topsia
I. The Landscape
II. Untreated Sickness
III. Poverty - a Constant Companion
VI. Women's Work

2 Injustice
I. The Temptations of Injustice
II. False Cases
III. Aftab Alam Ansari

3. Beniapukur
I. The Police Thana
II. Government Service
III. The Sex Trade
VI. Muslim and Gay

4.Defining Slums
I. The Poor Have No Biography

5. Tiljala Road
I. Legality and Illegality
II. The Reformed Addict
III. The Chorus of Market Women
IV. Modernised Poverty

6. Victimisation

7. Tangra
I. The Tannery
II. The Restaurant
III. India's Gaza

8. Postscript: A Servant's Story

Notes
Index

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