Hindu-Muslim Riots

ISBN 9780199407934
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This book comprises a detailed account by an American sociologist of the riots between Muslims and Hindus in Bengal, Bihar, the United Provinces, Punjab, and Bombay (Mumbai), which led up to and accompanied the Partition of the subcontinent and the establishment of Pakistan and India. Written shortly after the events, it is based on interviews, actual observation of events, including the accompaniment of police on efforts at control, official reviews, and detailed newspaper coverage. This is an important work and has been widely quoted both for its analysis of the subcontinent and for what it contributes to the study of urban riots more generally. It will be appropriate both for collegiate undergraduate and graduate study. For a decade or so, it was the basis of a course taught at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and has been widely referred to elsewhere.