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1. An advocate of communal living.
2. One who is more interested in one's own minority or ethnic group than in society as a whole.
3. One who is deeply concerned about the quality of community life.

com·mu′nal·is′tic adj.
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I would hope that those who write and teach from a communalist perspective will likewise be appreciative of their dispersionist colleagues and that the lines between the two approaches will grow even blurrier and less distinct for scholars now entering the academy.
In the third period, "Breaking Down Sectarian Boundaries, 1935-1958," "communalist and traditionalist" impulses were combined (63), but again at the end of the 1950s, "the consensus was beginning to unravel" (83).
The team said that the arrest was part of the conspiracy hatched by Indian communalist forces to subject the Kashmiri Muslims to political vendetta.
Here his essay takes a turn, suggesting not that American Jewish historians are too communalist and too focused on issues that interest only Jews, but that American historians and specialists in American studies have accepted a multiculturalist understanding of American society that tends to exclude Jews as historical subjects.
In nationalist quarters he once occupied a respectable place but is now considered to be a separationist and a communalist of the worst order.
Bipan Chandra for example, holds that communalism is neither inspired by relig-ion nor is religion an object of communal politics, even though the communalist bases his politics on religious differences, uses religious iden-tity as an organising principle, and in the mass phases of communalism uses religion to mobilise masses.
Hollinger describes the dominant approach to American Jewish history as "communalist," by which he means, "an emphasis on the history of communal Jewry, including the organizations and institutions that proclaim Jewishness, and the activities of individuals who identify themselves as Jewish and/or are so identified by non-Jews with the implication it somehow matters." For historians working in a communalist mode, the concept of "the Jewish people" frames their research.
This fatherly image undergoes another transformation as the old man seems to take on the contours of Punjab incarnate: 'I felt as though all of Punjab was an old man an old farmer with white hair whose beard had been set on fire by the communalist. He was burning in the fire of hatred and with him the honour and reputation of Punjab was also on fire.'
Michels is correct, further, to remind us that studies of African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans have often been heavily communalist and anti-assimilationist rather than dispersionst.
When Raghuram Rajan announced his decision to return to academia after the completion of his term in RBI on September 4, 2016 the corporate leaders, economists who are not polluted by the communalist ideology of Hindutva and all right thinking citizens were surprised.
In 1937, after the first election under the Government of India Act, 1935, Hindu communalist Purushottam Das Tandon was elected speaker in UP.
Even in the face of open communalist baiting- forbidden under Indian law - it refused to give an opinion.