Yoginder Sikand studied economics at St. Stephen’s College, sociology at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and then did a PhD in history at Royal Holloway, University of London. He works with the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion at the National Law School, Bangalore. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Origins and Development of the Tablighi Jama’at (1920-2000): A Cross-Country Comparative Study; Sacred Spaces: Exploring Traditions of Shared Faith in India; Muslims in India Since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations; Bastions of the Believers: Madrasas and Islamic Education in India; Religion, Peace and Dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir; Voices Against Terror: Indian Ulema on Islam, Jihad and Communal Harmony and Jihad, Peace and Inter-Community Relations in Islam. He freelances for several newspapers and magazines, having written mainly on religious conflict and communalism, but now, being tired of the subject, is searching for something more meaningful to explore. He thinks the Buddha makes sense, and wants to work in that direction.
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