Why was Islam unable to supress Hinduism in S. Asia?

Devdas

Ad Honorem
Apr 2015
4,489
India
#21
Considering Tipu hadn't converted his own kingdom - Mysore, into a Muslim one, how believable is the claim for Kerala?
Tipu's mass murder of Hindus and Catholics is well documented. He was infact bragging about forced conversion of Hindus in North Kerala. The Mangalorean Catholic community underwent a genocide under Tipu's regime, only 23 thousand of them survived. Similarly the Kodavas, Nairs, Iyengar Brahmins faced mass murder under his regime. All Hindu loving secular Tipu is just a propaganda.
 

Devdas

Ad Honorem
Apr 2015
4,489
India
#22
So Im taking an introductory course in South Asian history, its a great course and Im discovering a new chapter of history that I am fairly unfamiliar with. Something that is interesting to me is that unlike other "Pagan"/Non Monotheistic religions that encountered Islam, Hinduism was not only fiercly opposed to it, but even when being under Muslim rule at various times Hinduism not only survived until the modern Day but is still the Dominant religion in modern India. Contrast this with the various beliefs of other countries like the Native religions in Africa and Asia, and even Monotheistic religions with a strong Literary and ethnic identity such as Zoroastrianism and Coptic Christianity in Egypt which are both a minority in their native lands. What did the Hindu's do different that others did not?
There are several reasons. Hinduism has a strong philosophy and people were not impressed towards foreign religions like Islam or Christianity. Secondly India is heavily population, although they conquered India, it was not a full control, they can collect tax but mingling with natives and influencing them by force was not possible. Many Muslim rulers were getting huge taxes through Jizaya and other discriminatory taxes on Hindus, so they were not interested in proselyting.
 
Jun 2017
524
usa
#23
Beneath all the rituals and beliefs of Hinduism is a strong foundation of spirituality and philosophy.

Hindus were difficult to convert because they did not find anything enlightening or spiritually satisfying in the Middle eatern religions, be it Islam or Christianity.

Some converted voluntarily, usually, not always from the castes that were discriminated against or from areas which were religiously and spiritually wavering to begin with, but most did under some kind of threat, either to life or wealth/property.

I don't think the large population of India can be considered one of the reasons because the Muslims and Christians did manage to convert billions of people all over the world so why not the Indian heartland?
The efforts are not lacking for sure.
 
Dec 2015
3,610
USA
#24
So Im taking an introductory course in South Asian history, its a great course and Im discovering a new chapter of history that I am fairly unfamiliar with. Something that is interesting to me is that unlike other "Pagan"/Non Monotheistic religions that encountered Islam, Hinduism was not only fiercly opposed to it, but even when being under Muslim rule at various times Hinduism not only survived until the modern Day but is still the Dominant religion in modern India. Contrast this with the various beliefs of other countries like the Native religions in Africa and Asia, and even Monotheistic religions with a strong Literary and ethnic identity such as Zoroastrianism and Coptic Christianity in Egypt which are both a minority in their native lands. What did the Hindu's do different that others did not?

It all depends on the region and time In history . In numerous cases we can see that Islamic and Christian empires were very tolerant . Look at Albania today it’s about 75% Muslim. But was once mostly Christian. Look at Lebanon in the heart of the Middle East and it is 50% Christian, Lebanon was once though a part of various Muslim empires look at it today it is remarkable that Lebanon is 50% Christian.

And to your point about south Asia yes that’s very very interesting that we still have huge numbers of Hindus living side-by-side with Muslims.
 

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