Inter-Religion Marriages in Indian Society

Issues and Challenges

Mohini Anjum, Arvinder Ansari

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In a culture where large numbers of people continue to live in joint families, marriage 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 marriages, 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 endgame. 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 marriages in the existing political scenario.

Arvinder Ansari

Dr. Arvinder A. Ansari is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, specializing 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 Anjum

Mohini Anjum is the former Professor and Head, Department 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-retirement life. Her Ph.D. 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.