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Title: Muslims in Mumbai : identity, exclusion and Muslimhood in contemporary Mumbai
Author: Kutluer, Vahit Fahri
ISNI:       0000 0004 7223 9942
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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This research focuses on the lives of the Muslims in contemporary Mumbai. The literature on Indian Muslims, especially in the aftermath of the Sachar Committee Report, has so far predominantly studied the Muslims as a community, which is lagging behind and marginalized in various ways. Nevertheless, the fact that Muslims consist of multiple heterogeneous identities has been either ignored for practical reasons or only superficially included to the analyses keeping it as a minor sub-component of the narrative. This study, on the other hand, brings the debate on inner-identity differences forward by first identifying the variety of sub-identities among Muslims in contemporary Mumbai, and second by further examining the manifestations and perceptions regarding the impact of the identities on community relations and concerns vis-à-vis representation and development. Maintaining that the existing literature is lacking in terms of providing a holistic analysis on Indian Muslims due to its focus solely on external factors of exclusion, this study argues that, based on fieldwork findings, there is a strong perception among Muslim Mumbaikars that their current problems are closely associated with actors and factors that stem from among the Muslims. Throughout the study it will be articulated that such identity-based conflicts among these actors are perceived to have a strong correlation with Muslim’s inability to mobilize as a community with a shared a group identity and join hands to overcome their day-to-day challenges. Questioning in which ways and to what extent inner identity conflicts are perceived to be related with exclusion and inequality, the study focuses on daily interactions with case studies in Shivaji Nagar and Bhendi Bazaar to have a better understanding of in which ways identity differences are translated into everyday relations. The study also presents a paradoxical aspect of Muslim civil society, educational institutions and media-outlets by examining their exposure to sub-group identities and their functioning in terms of facilitating social integration, building social capital and community consciousness or promoting social disintegration by reproducing identity-based conflicts in the hands of divisive actors.
Supervisor: Khilnani, Sunil Khemchand Rewachand ; Jaffrelot, Christophe Olivier Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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