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Identity Politics: South Asia
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Although South Asia is segmented along various axes of difference – ethnic, caste, class, gender, religion, language – the mobilization of these identities is the result of particular configurations of local and global political, social, and economic forces and of the emergence of specific constituencies and identity politics based on new forms of politicized religion. Located in a broader crisis of modernity and state legitimacy, identity politics based on politicized religion are modernist wit…

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Chhachhi, Amrita, “Identity Politics: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0092c>
First published online: 2009

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