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Title: Late bloomers' politics : the rise of Muslim citizenship politics and the case of the popular front of India
Author: Emmerich, Arndt-Walter
ISNI:       0000 0004 7971 5390
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis analyses the emerging trend of Muslim minority politics in India. It aims to illustrate that a fundamental shift has occurred over the last 20 years: from an identity dominated, self-serving and inward-looking approach by Muslim community leaders, Islamic authorities and social activists that seeks to protect Islamic personal law and culture, towards an inclusive debate centred on socio-economic marginalisation and minority empowerment. At the core of this thesis is an analysis of the recent academic literature on Muslim citizenship politics and the growing involvement of Islamist organisations and movements in the democratic process and electoral politics. It also suggests that further scrutiny is needed of the assumption that Muslim politics and Islamic movements are incompatible with the democratic political framework of the modern nation state in India and elsewhere. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork undertaken since 2011, this thesis is predominately concerned with Muslim activists, and members and affiliates of the Popular Front of India (PFI), a growing Muslim minority movement. The distinctive feature of the PFI is that unlike the often-studied ulama-led orthodox and reformist groups, this movement is directed by a politically conscious lay middle class leadership, who attempt to advance the claims of the minority Muslim population within India's democratic framework. India's democracy compared with the mostly authoritarian regimes in the Middle East provides us with a fresh framework to understand this moderation phenomenon within Islamist movements. The thesis also attempts to demonstrate that religious groups are able to play a role in democratic politics, development, and policy making, which is often ignored within political theory.
Supervisor: Bano, Masooda Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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