Ayodhya: A Space of Conflict Research Paper

Ayodhya: A Space of Conflict
Presents a sacred geographic and political geographic analysis of the ethnic and religious conflict over the ancient Ayodhya site in Uttar Pradesh, a northern Indian state.
# 147265 | 6,250 words | 18 sources | MLA | 2011 | FR

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This paper explains that the four centuries old disputation, between Muslims and Hindus over the Ayodhya site, is difficult to resolve because the particular geographical context of the place itself produces symbolic understandings. Next, to comprehend the meaning of this place, the will to control it and its spatial organization, the author analyzes the construction of this conflict across history from the perspective of sacred and political geography. The paper describes a proposed solution by the Indian court to split Ayodhya between the parties; however, the author underscores that controversies about legitimacy are hard to resolve. The paper includes several colored illustrations and footnotes.

Table of Contents:
The Historical Dimension of a Topical Conflict
History of the Control of That Key Site
Contemporary Dimension of the Conflict: It Generates a Spatial Organization
Sacred Geography: Meanings And Claims Of Legitimacy
The Territorialization of the Divine to Legitimate the Occupation of the Land
Settling Controversies of Legitimacy and Appropriation Of Space: The References to Archaeological and Institutional Discourses
Political Geography: Fundamentalism as an Exploitation of Religious Themes and Geography to Legitimate Actions and Occupation of the Space
Spatial Dimension of Hinduism Used to Legitimate Political Power: The Development of Nationalist Movements
Ayodhya, a Space of Ethnic Conflict
Ayodhya, a Conflict between a Secularist India and a Hindu One

From the Paper:

"Since the 1980s, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has been at the heart of a long lasting dispute between Hindus and Muslims concerning the site of Ayodhya. One hundred and fifty years ago, Hindus began to dispute the Babri Masjid mosque built in 1528 by the Mughal emperor Babur. This mosque was erected precisely on the ancient location of a supposed Hindu temple built on Rama's alleged birth place, and Hindus accuse the Muslims of having destroyed the temple to build the mosque instead. Lord Rama is the most revered figure in Hinduism, hence the very symbolic value of the place."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Agnew, John, Place and Politics: The Geographical Mediation of State and Society, Londres, Allen & Unwin, 1987.
  • Gottdiener, Mark, The Social Production of Space, Austin, The University of Texas Press, 1985.
  • McAdams, D., Tarrow, S., Tilly, C., Dynamics of Contention, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Marius-Gnanou, Kamala, "The political challenges of Hinduism in contemporary India", Cybergeo: European Journal of Geography, Politique, Culture, Representations, Art. 186, 2007.
  • Marius-Gnanou, K., L'Inde, Coll. Meridiens, Ed. Karthala, p105, 1997.

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