In The Frothsam
The distinguished Indian sociologist is apoplectic. I have just delivered to a largely Italian and Western audience in the Venetian seminary of San Giorgio di Maggiore my intervention on ‘Islam in India and Europe: Past and Present’. “Sheer propaganda,” says the academic, “sounds like a press release from an Indian diplomatic mission.” I’m suitably chagrined, but, unfortunately, he has to leave after the coffee-break and can’t challenge me in the Q&A session that follows.
I highlight India’s synthesis of her extant faiths with the message of the Prophet, particularly through the Bhakti movement, in consequence of which India became the only country in the world where Islam was neither entirely...