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Hindu and Muslim women's everyday relations and agency: Gender and the Ganga-Jamni tehzib in Jaipur

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posted on 2016-07-01, 00:00 authored by Yamini NarayananYamini Narayanan
Multireligious syncretism in cities is chiefly upheld by the engagements of everyday life where enduring bonds are formed and sustained. This article studies the feminised dimensions of the 'everyday' in the home and neighbourhood of Jaipur city in India, which it sees as spaces of everyday activities and encounters between communities in multireligious Indian cities. Women's mutual engagements and agency in these spaces are vital to support cohesive multireligious community development in Indian cities. However, patriarchal political Hindu injunctions against Hindu women engaging with the 'Muslim other' are strong, and they consciously and/or subconsciously influence the degree to which Hindu women allow themselves to engage with Muslim women in everyday interactions. It concludes that feminised multi-faith engagement is vital for communal peace and stability, and must be consciously invoked for community development in Indian cities.

History

Journal

Women's studies international forum

Volume

57

Pagination

22-29

Location

Amsterdam ,The Netherlands

ISSN

0277-5395

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Elsevier

Publisher

Elsevier