Caste Assertion and Issues of Identity among Ashrafs of Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

Manu Gouraha


There is variation between the preaching of Islam and the behavioural practices of Muslims. Though the religion is based on the principles of equality but in reality there is a great distinction between various caste categories. These differences also have regional impact. In the district of Sagar, the various caste groups exercise their efforts to uphold their caste identity intact. During the research of Muslims of Sagar district, it was found that Ashrafs consider themselves as superior and therefore maintains superiority by keeping a distance from other caste groups. This forces some non-Ashraf groups to strictly follow the practices of Islam in order to gain entry to the Ashraf, that is, superior group


Caste identity, Caste Assertion, Ashrafazation

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