Following regular requests for bibliography recommendations on the subject of Indian Muslims and politics, I am sharing a thread listing just a few books I hope readers will benefit from.

1. Professor Mushirul Hasan’s, “Legacy of a Divided Nation”, I consider essential reading.
2. Rajmohan Gandhi’s biographical essays in “Understanding the Muslim Mind”, based on the lives of some prominent Muslim political leaders, what guided their politics and their impact on Muslim politics in the Indian subcontinent, is a must read.
Very easy to read too.
3. AG Noorani Saheb’s monumental work on the RSS is one that no student of Muslim politics can ignore. His eye for detail, sources and citations are incredible and extremely well informed. Another must read.
4. “Margins of Citizenship” by Anasua Chatterjee is another well-researched work documenting Muslim experiences in independent India’s urban landscape.
It addresses vital subjects related to civil and civic issues in day to day life.
5. “Indian Muslim(s) after Liberalization” is a look at contemporary issues regarding economic backwardness, political representation and connections between multiple forms of marginalisation affecting Indian Muslims post the 1990’s.
Highly recommended.
6. Hasan Suroor’s “Who Killed Liberal Islam” is a provocative and straightforward work, dealing with the dialogue between Secularism and Religion in politics and social life, specific to Indian Muslims. Some great arguments here.
This is a very small list but one that focuses specifically on the subject of Indian Muslims and India’s political landscape. There are of course numerous other works which I shall continue to add. The ones here are a good introductory reading for anyone interested.
Thank you.

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