London and New York: Routledge, 2013. $ 155 (cloth) $ 47.95 (paper). isbn-13: 978-0415580625 Burjor Avari provides an excellent chronological overview of the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of Islam in South Asia from the late seventh century to the present. The book covers four distinct historical periods: the beginning of Islam in South Asia ( c. 632 to 1000 ce ); the formation of Muslim polities in various parts of the Indian subcontinent (1000 to 1765); the advent and intensification of British colonialism (1765 to 1947); and, Islam in post-colonial South Asia (1947 to the present). The social history of Indo-Muslim civilization in these historical frameworks is daunting. South Asian Muslims appropriated Arab-Persian, Turkic, Hindu, and Buddhist values and social practices in ways that often problematized distinctions between local and foreign norms. Avari manages this vast history with exquisite use of narrative devices, sizable chapters, and accessible prose. The book chronicles Indo-Muslim civilization from the formation of Islam in Arabia to the resilience of Hindu civilization amidst the Muslim conquests. Avari contends that the study of “Indo-Islamic civilization is…as vital in our understanding of Indian and South Asian history as that of the ancient Hindu-Buddhist culture or
Sociology of Islam – Brill
Published: Nov 21, 2014
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