This book studies how marginality impacts the everyday lives of Indian Muslims. It challenges the prevailing myths and stereotypes through which Indian Muslims have come to be seen in the popular imagination. The volume engages with questions of citizenship, collective violence, and issues of civil and criminal jurisprudence. It explores the linkages between development, marginality, and citizenship – the three critical issues for modern democracies today. Going beyond the singular narrative of a community on a continuous slide, the chapters in this volume present diversities of the Muslim experience of exclusion and participation. It discusses themes such as violence and marginality among minorities; Indian Muslims and the ghettoized economy; employment aspirations of low-income Muslim men; intergenerational social mobility of Muslims; the nature of the middle class; and the question of Islam, development, and globalization to showcase the living conditions of Muslims in India.

Part of the Religion and Citizenship series, this timely volume will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of political studies, sociology, political sociology, minority studies, public policy, religion, citizenship studies, diversity and inclusion studies, and social anthropology.

chapter |15 pages


The Muslim Question in Contemporary India

section Section I|60 pages

Development Trajectiories

chapter 1|23 pages

Post-Sachar Indian Muslims

Facets of Socio-Economic Decline 1

chapter 2|16 pages

Islam, Development and Globalization

Transformation of a Traditionalist Muslim Group in Kerala

chapter 3|19 pages

Degrees of Disadvantage

Education as Social Equalizer in India's Labour Market?

section Section II|103 pages

Mobile Landscapes

chapter 4|31 pages

Social Mobility Patterns, Opportunities, and Barriers

Muslims in Contemporary India

chapter 5|15 pages

In the Middle of the Ocean and Land

Muslims of Mangalore

chapter 6|14 pages

The Old and the new Muslim Middle Class

Classificatory Practices and Social Mobility

chapter 7|17 pages

Delayed and Depleted

In Search of the Missing Muslim Middle Class in India

chapter 8|24 pages

Aspirations of Muslim Men in Delhi

Importance of Self-Employment in Jamia Nagar

section Section III|76 pages

Quest for Citizenship

chapter 9|16 pages

Swan Song

Muslim Musicians in Contemporary Banaras: Stories of Survival and Denial

chapter 10|21 pages

Indian Muslims and the Ghettoised Economy

The Role of Negative Emotions on Occupational Choices in the Urban Labour Markets

chapter 11|19 pages

From the Bigoted Julaha to the Terrorist

Stigma and identity in Azamgarh

chapter 12|18 pages

Marginality among Muslims in Kerala

The Case of Marakkayar Community