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The Modern Spirit of AsiaThe Spiritual and the Secular in China and India$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691128146

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691128146.001.0001

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Muslims in India and China

Muslims in India and China

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(p.193) Chapter 8 Muslims in India and China
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The Modern Spirit of Asia
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Peter van der Veer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691128146.003.0008

This chapter scrutinizes some of the elements of the “minoritization” of Muslims in India and China. Indian Muslims have a history that gives them a centrality in processes of state formation in India, as exemplified by the Mughal Empire, but also by the postcolonial formation of Pakistan and Bangladesh, which cannot be found in the history of Chinese Muslims. In the comparison between India and China, the chapter highlights that despite the differences in numerical strength it is the transformation of Muslims from a variety of different groups into a “minority” that in both cases require scrutiny in relation to the construction of a national majority.

Keywords:   Muslims, India, China, Indian Muslims, Chinese Muslims, Mughal Empire, Pakistan, Bangladesh, national majority, minoritization

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