Professor Riaz Hassan is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Flinders University and Adjunct Professor University of South Australia. He is also Honorary Senior Fellow, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne and Honorary Fellow Institute of South Asian Studies National University of Singapore. He has also held academic appointments at the National University of Singapore, Gadja Mada University, Indonesia, University of California Los Angeles, Yale University and New York University, Abu Dhabi. He has conducted research in a number of areas including, sociology of Islam and Muslim societies, sociology of housing and the sociology of suicide and suicide terrorism. He is the author or editor of 16 books and numerous papers in academic journals. His books include: Indian Muslims: Struggling for Equality of Citizenship, ed. Afghanistan: The Next Phase (with Shahid Javed Burki and Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury); Life as a Weapon: The Global Rise of Suicide Bombings; Inside Muslim Minds; Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society. He received his BA from University of the Punjab and MA from Dhaka University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Ohio State University from where he received his PhD in sociology in 1968. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Member of the Order of Australia.
SOCIOLOGY OF A RELIGIOUS MINORITY
India is projected to have the world’s largest Muslim population surpassing Pakistan and Indonesia by the middle of this century. This book makes a compelling case that Indian Muslims have not been equal beneficiaries of India’s economic growth. Their status now is not very different from that of the lowest-ranked Dalits in Indian society. The evidence shows that socio-economic status of the Indian Muslim community has been slipping for a long time. The book challenges the dominant image among majority Hindus that Muslims are innately prone to religious fundamentalism, militancy and extremism. Using information from official reports and data from a survey of Muslims from ten Indian states, the book explores the architecture of Muslim religiosity, the status of Muslim women, social and political attitudes and their socio-economic well-being. The evidence defies the myth of religious orthodoxy and shows that Indian Muslims are less orthodox and patriarchal than their co-religionists from Muslim majority countries. Theoretically informed and empirically grounded analysis and discussion in the book offers fresh insights into the social, political and economic conditions of Indian Muslims in the current context of rising Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric in India. This is undermining the constitutionally mandated promise of equality of citizenship and opportunity to all Indian citizens including minorities.
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS