Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Babri Masjid (Bābarī Masjid)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_330-1



The Babri Masjid dispute is the most complex issue in India as it got the entire country in the grip of Hindu-Muslim communal tension for nearly three decades. The issue exemplifies the deterioration of communal peace in the country and assumed significance right after independence before culminating into the demolition of the masjid. The demolition was followed by intercommunal riots between Hindu and Muslim communities resulting in the death of more than 2,000 people across the country.

Babri Masjid and the Hindu-Muslim Dispute

The Babri Masjid or Babri Mosque is a three-dome structure that was constructed in the city of Ayodhya, which is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, during the sixteenth century. It was built by Baqi Tashqandi also known as Mir Baqi, following orders issued by the Mughal emperor, Babur. The Muslim Mughal Empire, which ruled most of north India from the sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth century [1], was founded by Babur [2]....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Army Public SchoolAllahabadIndia