Islam in Bangladesh

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U. A. B. Razia Akter Banu
BRILL, 1992 - Religion - 194 pages
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This study, done within the comprehensive Weberian framework, focuses on religion and social change in Bangladesh through an imaginative use of qualitative as well as quantitative methods of modern social research. It first provides a sociological interpretation of the origin and development of Islam in Bengal using historical and literary works on Bengal. The main contribution is based on two sample surveys conducted by Mrs. Banu in 20 villages of Bangladesh and in three areas in the metropolitan Dhaka city. Using these survey data, she gives a sociological analysis of Islamic religious beliefs and practices in contemporary Bangladesh, and more importantly, she studies the impact of the Islamic religious beliefs on the socio- economic development and political culture in present-day Bangladesh. She also shows how Islam compares with modern education in social 'transforming capacity'. This careful and rigorous work is a notable contribution to sociology of religion and helps to deepen our understanding of the interactions between religious and social changes common to many parts of the Third World.
  

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Contents

Social Anomalies a Prophetic Break and the Growth of Islam in Bengal from AD 1201 to 1757
1
Changes in Islam in Bengal Area during the British and postBritish Periods
33
Religious Beliefs in Bangladesh Islam
54
Social Bases of Islamic Religious Beliefs
65
Islamic Religious Practice in Bangladesh and its Social Bases
80
Islam and MuslimHindu Relations in Bangladesh
96
Islam and Socioeconomic Development in Bangladesh
108
Islam and Women in Bangladesh
131
Islam and Political Culture in Bangladesh
147
Conclusion
172
Bibliography
185
Index
191
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U.A.B. Razia Akter Banu, Ph.D., London University, is Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka.

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