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South Asia comprises a vast geographical area, half the size of Europe. A geographical unit harbouring many cultures influenced by Hindu traditions, it has been the topic of many descriptions, whether academic, fictional or as travelogue. India with approximately 140 million harbours the largest Muslim minority world-wide. The religious history of South Asia with special reference to Muslims and their sometimes deeply differing or dramatically similar Islamic and Islamicated forms of cultural articulation has been traced through the processes of institution-building. This chapter elaborates on the trends within Muslim cultural articulations, in their different manifestations in situations of Muslim majority and minority regions. Islam has a variety of manifestations in different regions all over the world; there is no single reading of the holy text, the Prophetic tradition or the shari'a.

Keywords: Europe; Hindu traditions; Muslim minority; South Asia



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