Inter-religious sites in AP/TL and South India in general....

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Hello everyone!

I have a bit of a strange question, but I need advice and I am not able to find many places online to ask the question I am about to ask. I have been in India, and specifically Andhra Pradesh / Telangana , many times, and in a few weeks I am going back. I am currently in the process of obtaining my PhD in Anthropology and as such was provided funding by my university to go to India to check out different places where I could potentially conduct my future research. I am interested in questions related to Muslim's who attend/participate in Hindu worship. I have found a few potential places where this regularly occurs, but I was wondering what possible suggestions other may have. I fly into Kochi, and will head to Tirupathi(by train) a day after arrival, but I can change those plans if there are sites in Tamil Nadu and/or Kerala.

Any advice would be great!

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You are unlikely to get an answer by googling, and that too in English.
I gather, your proposal has not been finalized ? The location and communities to study would come from your informant ? For reasons outside the scope of this site, you may have more success in Kerala, and less so elsewhere.
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Hello,

Thank you for the fast reply! Sorry I didn't provide more detail. I am early on in the process of getting my PhD(I have thus far finished the first year), and this funding is specifically to see if the research questions are viable questions to be research and examined. I am open to doing my future research in Kerala, but I am extremely familiar with AP/TL(I lived there for non-academic reasons), and I have a basic knowledge of Telugu. I am actually flying into Kochi, so I can go to different place in Kerala before going to Tirupathi, but I am not sure where to go because I have never been to the state. I have found a number of news articles coming out of TL that discuss a few temples were Muslim's go to, and so I will be going there. I will also be staying in the ancestral village of a close friend(I have been there before). The bigger issues that I will address in my research deal with the problem with religious binaries, and that the existence of moral communities that work against the rhetoric of nationalists.

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Originally Posted by Qawwali View Post I am early on in the process of getting my PhD(I have thus far finished the first year), and this funding is specifically to see if the research questions are viable questions to be research and examined.
Okay, so you just about finished (depending on the structure of Ph.D program of your department) research methods and foundational courses.

Get, or find a good "informant" in Kerala, or AP, and see if your research methods mesh with subject matter, and research questions. Stick to Kerala for now. AP later.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Okay, so you just about finished (depending on the structure of Ph.D program of your department) research methods and foundational courses.

Get, or find a good "informant" in Kerala, or AP, and see if your research methods mesh with subject matter, and research questions. Stick to Kerala for now. AP later.
I have finished methods courses, this coming year is theory courses. Technically I will earn my masters at the end of this coming school year, at which point I will be able to go to study Telugu, and then conduct my actual research that will turn into my dissertation.

We do not use "informants" as such, in large part due to the long history of exploitation that resulted as such. At this point I have sites in AP/TL not Kerala, and so unless I have a specific place to go there I will need to go to AP/TL.

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I lived in a village in Maharashtra for some time in which both Hindus and Muslims worshipped at the shrine of a Muslim saint. At least at that time they were quite proud of that amity. Keep in mind that this was barely 40 klicks from a city in which barely a year later had a serious communal which I arrived at in the middle of the night by bus. This had a lot to do with reassigning rights to sell at certain street positions to paying Hindu clients. Economics rules..
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Man will land on mars sooner than you finding such people in Telangana or for that matter elsewhere. With the Owaisi brothers, the sultans of Hyderabad, running all things muslim there, you will not find any muslim talking about Hinduism in a favorable manner. They all get fatwas of excommunications or even get attacked for apostasy.

You may want to restructure the study to make it look like an interfaith marriage subject. Ask around for interfaith couples, and then, as a part of your study, talk to the muslim spouse about Hinduism; these tiny cohort of muslims in interfaith unions may talk openly. However I don't want to get your hopes up, for almost all the interfaith marriages overwhelmingly lean in favor of the muslim partner (excommunication/ violence factor), that includes conversions of non-muslim partners at the time of marriage, giving the children muslim names and the like. Do come back and present the conclusions of your work here. Good luck.


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It is always onesided, thanks for bringing this up.
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I think that worshipping at a Mosque is part of the Sabarimala pilgrimage. Surya?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I think that worshipping at a Mosque is part of the Sabarimala pilgrimage. Surya?
Malayalis (of all faiths, BTW) are smart. Sabarimalai bhakts conspired and made sure that if a mosque is somehow coupled with the temple, then the chances of the latter getting raged by a future muslim ruler will be minimized. (Varanasi temple was plundered and then brought down seven times and it stood up again, albeit smaller and weaker. Ayodhya temple a.k.a. Babri masjid and thousands of others didnt get a chance).
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Originally Posted by surya2015 View Post Man will land on mars sooner than you finding such people in Telangana or for that matter elsewhere. With the Owaisi brothers, the sultans of Hyderabad, running all things muslim there, you will not find any muslim talking about Hinduism in a favorable manner. They all get fatwas of excommunications or even get attacked for apostasy.

You may want to restructure the study to make it look like an interfaith marriage subject. Ask around for interfaith couples, and then, as a part of your study, talk to the muslim spouse about Hinduism; these tiny cohort of muslims in interfaith unions may talk openly. However I don't want to get your hopes up, for almost all the interfaith marriages overwhelmingly lean in favor of the muslim partner (excommunication/ violence factor), that includes conversions of non-muslim partners at the time of marriage, giving the children muslim names and the like. Do come back and present the conclusions of your work here. Good luck.




It is always onesided, thanks for bringing this up.

I have been to many temples in Hyderabad where Muslims worship and the kind of rhetoric in this post is exactly why this is the focus of my research. It is not "always one-sided, and the lived experiences of people are the exact opposite of what you wrote. I am not on the message board to debate/argue, and simply wanted suggestions of known places, besides the sites I am already going to.

Thanks

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