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Beyond the idea of 'Pure'

Throughout the book, Mr Fuchs does not fall prey to the temptation to create a black and white binary regarding Shi'is and Sunnis

In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi‘Ism Between Pakistan and the Middle East
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At the beginning of the second chapter of In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi'ism Between Pakistan And the Middle East, Simon Wolfgang Fuchs talks about the monographs prepared by traditionalist scholars, observing that “this was hardly written with lay audience in mind”. This is the same thought I had while reading this book. Though the book required frequent googling for meanings and definitions or references to the glossary, it could not have been published at a more interesting time for Indian readers. Against the background of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests ...