Muslim Backward Classes: A Sociological Perspective

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SAGE Publications India, Aug 30, 2013 - Social Science - 316 pages
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This book presents the sociological perspectives on Muslim OBCs as a category determined by the Indian State. Although Muslims constitute an important part of the population and are the second largest religious community in the world, as well as in India, social scientists rarely undertake this community to analyze their socioeconomic and educational development. Muslim Backward Classes provides a comprehensive explanation of the origin and meaning of the term “backward class,” followed with the historical perspectives of Muslim backwardness in India.

The volume fills the gap in the literature and presents a broad-based picture of the problems of Muslim OBCs, highlighting the questions of justice and equal opportunity to all groups irrespective of religion.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 An Overview of Muslims in India
15
3 Origin of Backward Classes
57
4 Muslim Backwardness in India
79
A Caste Class Debate
113
6 Sociological Dimensions among Muslim OBCs
148
An Interpretation
202
8 Millennium Development Goals and Muslim OBCs
224
9 Conclusion
239
Appendix
260
Bibliography
284
Index
289
About the Author
299
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Azra Khanam has been teaching and doing research in Dr K. R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi since 2008. Dr Khanam did her PhD from Aligarh Muslim University.

She taught as a guest lecturer at Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University during 2003–04 and 2007–08. She has published several articles in reputed Indian journals.

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