Hyderabad of yore cradle of ganga-jamni tehzeeb
- January 6, 2012
- Karen Leonard, anthropology professor and department chair, is quoted in The Hindu January 6, 2012
People now may be sharply divided on religious lines but the Hyderabad of yesteryears presented a successful example of a pluralistic society. Regardless of their religious affiliations everyone participated in the dominant public culture, especially those living in the neighborhoods of the walled City. "The Indo-Muslim practices are not evidence of a cultural synthesis, syncretism or hybridity. Rather they are evidence of a successful plural society," remarked Karen Leonard, professor of anthropology, University of California, Irvine.
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