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For more than a decade, right-wing Hindu groups in India have conjured the specter of a “love jihad” among Muslim men: a campaign to court Hindu women with the intention of converting them to Islam. Nationalist and sectarian groups around the world have long tried to mobilize supporters by suggesting that rapacious outsiders might seek to prey upon vulnerable women. Under the leadership of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, the state of Uttar Pradesh—home to India’s largest Muslim population—passed a law in November that imposes stringent punishments against religious conversion as part of marriage. Four other

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