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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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• Tolerant Hinduism

• Tolerant Hinduism

Shared Ritual Spaces—Hindus and Muslims at the Shrine of Shahul Hamid

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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

This chapter introduces the subject of Hindu tolerance, and the long tradition of amity and shared worship that has characterized relations between Hindus and Muslims living in India, focusing on the shrine (dargah) of Shahul Hamid in Nagore, Tamil Nadu. Shahul Hamid is remembered as the descendant of a noted Sufi pir, but his shrine was built with help from Hindu kings, and more than half of the people who worship there today are Hindus. A law enacted by the Tamil Nadu state legislature in 2002 forbids religious conversion, but this shrine makes people ask what conversion as a monolithic idea might mean.

Keywords:   shared worship, Hindu tolerance, Muslims, India, Shahul Hamid, religious conversion

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