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BUT YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE A MUSLIM
by Rakhshanda Jalil
What does it mean to be Muslim in India?
What does it mean to ‘look’ like one’s religion?
Does one’s faith determine how one is perceived?
Is there a secular ideal one is supposed to live up to?
Can people of different faiths have a shared culture, a shared identity?
India has, since time immemorial, been a plural, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual society, where various streams have fed into and strengthened each other, and where dissimilarities have always been a cause for rejoicing rather than strife.
These writings, on being Muslim in India, by Rakhshanda Jalil – one of the country’s foremost literary historians and cultural commentators – excavate memories, interrogate dilemmas, and rediscover and celebrate a nation and its syncretic culture.
RAKHSHANDA JALIL has published over twenty books and written over fifty academic papers and essays. Her book on the lesser-known monuments of Delhi, Invisible City, continues to be a bestseller. Her most recent works include: the translations The Sea Lies Ahead, Intizar Husain’s seminal novel on Karachi, and Traitor, Krishan Chander’s Partition novel; an edited volume of critical writings on Ismat Chughtai called An Uncivil Woman; and a literary biography of the Urdu poet Shahryar. She runs an organization called Hindustani Awaaz, devoted to the popularization of Hindi–Urdu literature and culture. In 2016, she was awarded the Kaifi Azmi Award for her contribution to Urdu.
Release: May 2019
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