Journal of Asian Studies
Communal violence in India, especially between Hindus and Muslims, have for long been the center of scholarly research. From the 1990s, historians, and anthropologists have innovatively analyzed colonial and Partition related riots to understand why and how they happened and the contextual development of communal identities. Political scientists have put forth thought-provoking paradigms of urban communal rioting in the wake of the Hindu Muslim riots of 1992 and 2002. All, it would seem, owe an intellectual debt to sociologist Richard Lambert’s much-cited dissertation of 1951, now published six decades later. Given that the publication is mostly an unchanged version of the dissertation (including the title), and the fact that Lambert was an eyewitness, of sorts, to the Partition riots of 1946-7, makes Hindu Muslim Riots a primary source.
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Roy, Haimanti, "Review: 'Hindu Muslim Riots'" (2016). History Faculty Publications. 138.