The religious identity of indegenous Gujjars in the Himilayan region remains largely unexplored. This book argues that their choice to associate with Deobandi Islam occurs in the wider context of conservation debates, local government-led efforts to relocate them from the Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand, India, and the failure of NGOs to represent their interests. Based on documents and interviews, this detailed work explores both the continuing expansion of Deobandi reform and the responses of the Gujjars. It points toward the role of Islam in integrating marginal groups in South Asia.So in answer to my question about when the Gujjars came to the forest, a Gujjar nambardar said: a#39;[I]t is said that this goes back to Rama. ... It is written in our itihas (Hindi word for history) that we became Sunni by hearing about Islam (sun ke sunni ban gai)a#39;.523 As part ... There is no other differ521 See Rama from the Ramayana [Ramayana 2003] and Krishna from the Mahabharata [Mahabharata 1999].
|Title||:||Islamization in Modern South Asia|
|Author||:||David Emmanuel Singh|
|Publisher||:||Walter de Gruyter - 2012-08-31|