Muslim Conversion: How Did South Asia Become Muslim?

Prof. Akbar Hyder
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
University of Texas

In examining how South Asia became Muslim, Akbar Hyder investigates four causal theories: the theory of the sword, political patronage, the chance to escape the Caste System, and migration. Hyder rejects the preeminence of any one factor and claims that a combination of all four gave rise to South Asia’s Muslim population’s conversion.