Part I: Concepts and Interpretations brings coherence and meaning to the confusion of everyday life.
Part II: Lived Islam and its Historical Context, explores the distinctive developments of Islam in Kashmir and Nepal.
Part III: Conflict and Accommodation analyses various aspects of both religious conflicts and accommodation. For instance, harmonious relations between Muslims and Hindus united by common worship at Muslim shrines in Karnataka is an empirical fact and common worship unites the marginalized Shia women in Hyderabad with women of other religions.
Part IV: The Presence of Sufism describes how marginalized Hindus and Muslims find acceptance in Sufism.