On 20 August 2010, Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Monash University, the Centre for Islam and the Modern World (CIMOW), Monash University, Centre for Contemporary Muslim Societies (University of Western Sydney), & National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (Melbourne University) jointly organized an evening symposium at Monash University, Caulfield Campus to review Irfan Ahmad’s Islamism and Democracy in India (2009, Princeton University Press) and initiate a conversation with the author. Chaired by Prof. Marika Vicziany, Director of Monash Asia Institute, a panel of distinguished scholars –Prof. Bryan S. Turner (University of Western Sydney & CUNY, New York), Prof. Abdullah Saeed (Melbourne University) and Prof. Gary Bouma (Prof. Emiritus at Monash University and UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations, Asia Pacific) –reviewed the book. The author responded to the panel followed by a discussion with the audience.
It is one of the best books I have read on the topic…[I]t challenges the received wisdom on a range of issues – what we call political Islam or, Islamism in short, is one of them and of course the whole notion of Islam…So, thank you Irfan for actually challenging the received wisdom …The debates and issues he deals with …are very relevant for Muslims in the West, for instance, Australia.
Abdullah Saeed
Author of Interpreting the Qur’an: Towards A Contemporary Approach
I have loved reading this book. It is great. I recommend it highly. I recommend it as a methodological treatise or example for those who want to teach doing of social science research in the twenty first century…
Gary Bouma
Author of Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century
I actually read this book cover to cover. I have heavily annotated it. I think I will be quoting it for the next …fifteen years… It is beautifully presented and thoroughly researched and so a delight to read.
Bryan Turner
Author of Religion and Modern Society