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Excursus The Social Structure Of Muslims In India

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The major part of the world's Muslim population today lives in the large countries of South Asia, e.g., Pakistan, India, Bangladesh. During Partition millions of Muslims, many of them of urban background, migrated from India to West-Pakistan, mainly into urban Punjab and Sind. This migration of Muslims and Hindus was followed by massacres; their painful histories have been dealt with in different ways, among others in fictional literature. Though there are no definite statistics on the social structure of Muslims available, some general statements about their complex formation and their stratification can be made primarily on the basis of anthropological research. It is a truism that various Muslim cultural articulations reflect different social backgrounds. In India there is an extremely rich variety of religious traditions. Most of them evolved and/or existed in the same territory, shared the same social habits and cultural mores.

Keywords: Hindus; India; Muslims; Pakistan; Punjab



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