Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

...I am deeply grateful to Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, who has been a teacher and mentor since my days at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Professor Sunder Rajan’s faith in my project, her generosity of intellect and time —often across continents...

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Introduction: At Home with the Stranger

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pp. xiii-xxviii

...This book considers the fraught question of religious coexistence in post - Partition India and its entanglement with the concept of secularism. At least since independence, secularism has been called upon to represent several intractable agendas...

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1. Rethinking Secularism

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pp. 1-44

...What does it mean that a project dedicated to stemming religious hatred and fostering coexistence has come together under the sign of “secularism”? Secularism has been expanded from its traditional concern with emancipation from religion or...

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2. For God’s Sake, Open the Universe a Little More: Cosmopolitan Fictions

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pp. 45-84

...Cosmopolitanism has reemerged within current cultural theory as a philosophical project for a more habitable and just world. The old sign of cosmopolitanism has come to name an ethos of mutuality and openness to others in response to contemporary...

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3. Acts of Return: Literature and Post-Partition Memory

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pp. 85-122

...The year 1947 saw the formal end of the British Raj in India, but independence simultaneously brought with it the division of India into the two new postcolonial states of India and Pakistan. A subcontinental holocaust of tremendous magnitude...

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4. Fictions of Violence: Witnessing and Survival in Partition Literature

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pp. 123-176

...Although contemporary discussions of secularism and coexistence in India have emerged largely as a response to the Hindu Right–orchestrated ascendance of religious violence in the last two decades, rarely, if at all, do these debates address...

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5. It’s My Home, Too: Minoritarian Claims on the Nation

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pp. 177-230

...What happened to those Muslims who remained in India in spite of the creation of a separate Islamic homeland across the border? A central argument of this book is that any effort at thinking about multireligious coexistence in India necessarily...

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Postscript

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pp. 231-238

...Bombay in less than fi fteen minutes, killing about 180 people. The incident has been referred to as 7/11 in the English -language media of India, an obvious allusion to the events of September...

Notes

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pp. 239-280

Index

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pp. 281-299