An Insatiable Passion by Lynne Graham

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The Italian Niccolao Manucci had similarly observed the persistence of many pre-Christian rituals among the neo-Christians in Tanjore and Malabar; Manucci, Storia do Mogor, vol. III, Eng. tr. Willliam Irivne, New Delhi, 1981 (first pub. 1907): 294–351, and vol. IV: 358–9. Legitimacy, Religion and Political Culture 33 converting the Hindu members of such families to Islam, but by the tenth year he had perhaps realized that the force of social energy was greater than that of the state and seems to have resigned himself to the prevalence of the practice.

E. 5 per cent. Kingsley Davis, The Population of India and Pakistan, New York, 1951 (1968 reprint): 196. J. N. 81 per cent in his ‘Proportion of Muhammadans in India Through Centuries’, Modern Review, vol. 78, Jan. 1948: 33. 14 per cent; Kingsley Davis: 179. 15 More striking is the pattern of demographic distribution of Muslims in the subcontinent. 16 The next heavy density of Muslim population occurs in Kashmir Valley in the north, and on a much smaller scale towards the southern tip in the small Malappuram district of the Malabar area of the present-day Indian state of Kerala.

1354–73), when advised by his Hindu minister Udaysri to melt the brass image of the Buddha and mint coins out of the metal, was furious. ‘Past generations’, observed the Sultan angrily, ‘have set up images to obtain fame and even merit and you propose to demolish them. Some have obtained renown by setting up images of gods, others by worshipping them; some by maintaining them and others by demolishing them. ’ Clearly then, in medieval India, there is considerable divergence between regions with a high density of Muslim population, and regions with a high density of Muslim state’s authority.

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