Dynamics of Muslim Society
Muslim,s according to the 1981 Census, constitute 11.35 per cent of India's population and are thus the largest minority group in the country. They are also a tradition bound and backward community. In India, the social and cultural life of the Muslims displays a distinctive character as it is influenced by both the Islamic as well as the local traditions. A masterly exposition of society and culture of the Muslims of Bengal in particular and India in general, this volume is based on an intensive empirical study of the social organizations among the Muslims of three villages in three different eco-cultural zones of West Bengal. It presents an analysis of structure and organization of Muslim society in Bengal on the basis of groupings, inter-relations nad interactions among various units of Muslim society in different field situations. The volume also anlayses the interaction of the great tradition of Islam with the little tradition of the region in the framework of the Muslim society. Concerned not only with the nature of segmentation and stratification in Bengal Muslim society, it also examines in detail, the aspects of overall soliderity of various Muslim groups as a specific community.
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affinal kins Ahl-e-Hadish Ajlaf Alepur Allah areas Asraf Barelvi basic basis Bengal Muslim society Bengal Muslims bhaiad Borolok called Census cent Chhotolok context cultural Deobandis distinction district economic egalitarian elites emerging endogenous groups ethnic Fakir field situations Gariblok Hadish Hanafi Sunni Hanafi Hindu Hindu castes ijma interactions Islamisation Khalifa khandan Khanqah Khaskhamar Khosalpur kinship Kutumb lims lineage Madrashas marriage middle class Miya Mondal mosques movement Mughal Mughal and Pathan Mullahs mureeds Murshidabad Muslim community Muslim groups Muslim masses Muslim population Muslims in Bengal Muslims in India Muslims of upper neighbourhood occupation organisation paribar pattern political polygyny position Pradesh prayer Prophet Quran relations religious rural Sayyad sects Shafeis Shaik shariat Sharif Shias Silsilas social groups social segments social stratification social structure socio-cultural spiritual status groups sufi Sunni Hanafi Sunni three villages tion traditional Ulemas Uttar Pradesh various social West Bengal
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