Inscribing the Other, Inscribing the Self: Hindu-Muslim Identities in Pre-Colonial India

  title={Inscribing the Other, Inscribing the Self: Hindu-Muslim Identities in Pre-Colonial India},
  author={Cynthia Talbot},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={692 - 722}
  • Cynthia Talbot
  • Published 1 October 1995
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
The nature of medieval Hindu-Muslim relations is an issue of great relevance in contemporary India. Prior to the 200 years of colonial subjection to the British that ended in 1947, large portions of the Indian subcontinent were under Muslim political control. An upsurge of Hindu nationalism over the past decade has led to demands that the state rectify past wrongs on behalf of India's majority religion.' In the nationalist view, Hindu beliefs were continually suppressed and its institutions… 
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