Weaving together personal memoir, history, reportage, scholarship, and interviews with a wide variety of people, Ghazala Wahab highlights how an apathetic and sometimes hostile government attitude and prejudice at all levels of society have contributed to Muslim vulnerability and insecurity. Born a Muslim goes beyond stereotypes and news headlines to present an extraordinarily compelling and illuminating portrait of one of the largest and most diverse communities in India.
Advance Praise for Born a Muslim
This is a sensitively written and deeply empathetic work on the place and predicament of Muslims in India. Drawing on memoir, reportage, and documentary analysis, it contains many moving stories of individuals across class and regional divides, with these case studies skilfully located in a wider political and historical context. An important and timely intervention in our public discourse, Born a Muslim would be of interest to thinking Indians of all faith and ideologies.
Ramachandra Guha, historian and author
Ghazala Wahab has written a powerful reflection on what it means to be Muslim in modern India. Fusing memory and history, she has produced a poignant state-of-the-community report that every Indian should read. Born a Muslim is a remarkable book: a rare synthesis of lived experience and the roar of history.
Mukul Kesavan, historian and author
As India confronts the demons of communal discord and watches in horror the distorted reinvention of its time-honoured traditions, Ghazala Wahab’s Born A Muslim will help us understand the full dimensions of the catastrophe being shaped for our nation and what we can do to preserve our shared national heritage.
Talmiz Ahmad, former Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia,
Oman and the UAE, and Ram Sathe Chair Professor for International Studies, Symbiosis International University, Pune