Taqiyya and Identity in a South Asian Community

  title={Taqiyya and Identity in a South Asian Community},
  author={Shafique N. Virani},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={99 - 139}
The Guptīs of Bhavnagar, India, represent an unexplored case of taqiyya, or precautionary dissimulation, and challenge traditional categories of religious identity in South Asia. Taqiyya is normally practiced by minority or otherwise disadvantaged groups of Muslims who fear negative repercussions should their real faith become known. Historically, the Shī‘a, whether Ithnā-‘asharī or Ismaili, have commonly dissimulated as Sunnīs, who form the dominant community. However, the Guptīs, who are… 
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