Inter-Religion Marriages in Indian Society: Issues and Challenges


ISBN 9788191038286


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ISBN 9788191038286


In a culture where large numbers of people continue to live in joint families, marriages is not just a bond between husband and wife. These kinship ties in India are strong bonds between families and kinship networks, arranged by parents within the caste and within the religious community. Inter-religion marraiages, on the other-hand, are love marriages, self-arranged and generally without the approval of the parents and society. Societal reaction to love marriages is generally one of disapproval; and in the case of inter-caste and inter-religious marriages, the opposition is extreme, condemning such alliances for violating norms of religious endogamy. This book studies the stakeholders of marriages, especially women and children, with respect to their acceptance by society. It analyses inter-religion marriages, a so-called ‘secular-democratic’ society’s reactions to them. and the future of such marraiges in the existing political scenario.

Dr. Arvinder Ansariis an Associate Professor of Sociology at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, specialiszing in Gender Studies, Minority Studies, and Sociology of Exclusion and Inclusion Ethnicity, Pluralism and Multiculturalism Ethnic Conflict. An internationally recognized scholar, she is a part of the UNITWIN programme of UNESCO and is a member of the International Sociological Association, having organized conferences and workshops as well as delivered several lectures/papers on ‘secularism, Minorities, and Gender Sensitization’.

Mohini Anjumis the former Professor and Head, Deparment of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, whose career in teaching and research spanned more than 36 years at Delhi School of Economics and Hindu College, Delhi University, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and now continues in her post-retirment era. Her PhD thesis from Delhi School of Economics, under the distinguished Sociologist Prof A.M. Shah, was an innovative and pioneering research on ‘Women’s Voluntary Associations’. Prof. Anjum’s continuing major research areas also include ‘Muslim Women in India’, ‘Muslim Women and the Law’, ‘Elite Women in India’, ‘The Other Side of Burqah’, ‘Women and Work in Canada’, Muslims in India’, ‘Iran- A Comparative Study’, ‘Women in Bahrain’, etc.


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