But You Don't Look Like a Muslim

But You Don't Look Like a Muslim

by Rakhshanda Jalil

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Overview

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 plural, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, 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 and about 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. But You Don't Look Like a Muslim is a book that every thinking Indian must read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789353029319
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Publication date: 05/02/2019
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 555 KB

About the Author

Rakhshanda Jalil is a writer, critic and literary historian. She has published over 20 books and written over 50 academic papers and essays. 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.

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