Sociology and Anthropology

Conversion to Islam in South Asia: Problems in Analysis

From the earliest times, South Asia has been a scene of invasion. It is a long tale of incursion, conquest, settlement, and then assimilation. The Greek& Sakas, and Eushanas forced their way in as dominant groups and established kingdoms and dynasties, only to be assimilated by what Dr. Spear called “the Hindu sponge.” The push by Muslims into the sub-continent was by well-worn routes and to a familiar pattern of conquest and rule, first of Sind and the Punjab, then of the Gangetic Plain, and, finally, of almost the whole of South Asia.

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