Madathilathu, Prince Varghese. ‘Review of Privileged Minorities: Syrian Christianity, Gender, and Minority Rights in Postcolonial India by Sonja Thomas’. Journal of World Christianity 10, no. 1 (2020): 131-33.
Excerpt: Sonja Thomas, in Privileged Minorities, argues that the Syrian Christians of Kerala—though demographically a minority community in India—are not a subordinated community but a privileged community in terms of caste, race, and class, in spite of the general tendency to categorise them as subaltern.
The author analyses the dynamics of ‘privilege’ and ‘subordination’ in this community from a feminist perspective by examining historical and religious texts; analysing clothing, minority rights, and protest movements; interviewing and examining the contemporary ways in which Syrian Christians interact within and outside the community.