Australia India Institute Seminar Room
147-149 Barry Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
The book launch will be followed by a Q&A session and light refreshments.
About the book:
Research shows that Indian Muslims have not been equal beneficiaries of India’s economic growth. They experience higher levels of development and equity deficits compared to other minority groups. Their socioeconomic status is not very different from that of the Dalits—the lowest rank caste group in contemporary Indian society. Indian Muslims are also predicted to become the largest Muslim population in the world by 2050. This increase in numbers might exacerbate their relative deprivation, creating social and political conditions that could undermine the stability of the country’s democracy and make Indian Muslims a security threat, which would have national and global ramifications.
This book examines the struggle for equality of citizenship of Indian Muslims in light of the release of the Sachar Committee report of 2006, which sparked widespread awareness of socioeconomic disparity and exclusion of religious minorities in India, especially Muslims. The contributors to this book are some of the most eminent social scientists in the fields of applied economics, politics, sociology and demography who work on Indian issues.
About the author:
Riaz Hassan is Director of the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia, Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Flinders University. He has also held academic appointments at the University of California, Los Angeles, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Yale University. In an academic career spanning 50years he has conducted research in a number of areas including Muslim societies, sociology of housing, demography, sociology of suicide and terrorism. His recent books include: Inside Muslim Minds, Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society, Life as a Weapon, Suicide Bombings and co-authored book Afghanistan: The Next Phase.