"Irfan Ahmad’s perception is indeed different from what is often depicted in the media. He scoffs at established traditions, and questions common perceptions… He brings a different perspective, whether he is analysing attacks on Indians Down Under or writing about evolution of Jamaat-e-Islami."

The Hindu
New Delhi, 8 February, 2010

Welcome to Irfan Ahmad’s website!

Irfan Ahmad is a Senior Research Fellow at The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany. Previously, he worked as Associate Professor of Political Anthropology at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Earlier, he was a senior lecturer in politics at Monash University, Australia where he taught for five years (2009-2013). Before moving to Australia, he taught at Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam. He won Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research’s (NWO) Rubicon Postdoctoral Grant to undertake his postdoctoral research at Leiden University where he moved to on completing his doctorate (cum laude) in anthropology from University of Amsterdam.

Irfan Ahmad is the author of Islamism and Democracy in India (Princeton University Press, 2009) which was short-listed for the 2011 ICAS (International Convention of Asian Scholars) Book Prize for the best study in the field of Social Sciences. His second monograph Religion As Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace (2017) is published by University of North Carolina Press. With Natalie Doyle, he co-edited (IL)liberal Europe: Islamophobia, Modernity and Radicalization (2017, Routledge).

Initially educated in Madrasa Islāmīa ‘Arabīa (a seminary) in his native village of Dumri in north Bihar, India, Irfan Ahmad later went to a state-run Hindi-medium Middle and High School in the districts of Sheohar and Motihari and subsequently to B.N. College, Patna. He earned his Bachelor’s in Sociology (Hons.) from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi where he was a university topper. To pursue his higher education, he joined Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where he completed his Masters and M.Phil. (Sociology).

Irfan Ahmad’s numerous research articles have appeared in leading international journals such as Anthropological TheoryCitizenship StudiesCritical Studies on Terrorism, Economic and Political WeeklyGlobal Networks: A Journal of Transnational AffairsIESHRJournal of Royal Anthropological InstituteModern Asian StudiesPhilosophy and Social Criticism, Politics, Religion & IdeologyPublic CultureSeminar and The Annual of Urdu Studies. He is a contributor to the The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, and Islam in South Asia in Practice (Princeton Readings in Religions).

Irfan is on the Editorial Committee of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies where he also served as its Reviews Editor during 2010–2012. He previously worked as Associate Editor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. With Bryan S. Turner, in 2015 Irfan Ahmad co-founded and launched Journal of Religious and Political Practice (all three journals from Taylor & Francis).

Irfan Ahmad has held visiting fellowship at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany, and The Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, USA and in various roles has been a visiting academic to several institutions, including The Graduate Center, The City University of New York.

In the past he wrote for the Urdu media and magazines like Qaumī AvāzQaumī TanzīmRāshtriya SahārāSangamChāoñGulābi Kiran, and contributed to leading South Asian English magazines and semi-academic journals such as Himal: South Asian MagazineMainstreamThe Radical HumanistThe Third ConceptBusiness Today and World Focus. Currently, he contributes actively to important debates in such media as Al-Jazeera (English), The Times of IndiaOpenDemocracyThe Hindu and so on. His interviews have appeared in print, audio and TV in Dutch, English, Hindi, Malayalam, Turkish and Urdu media such as BBC, Channel News Asia (Singapore), The Hindu, Open Magazine, People’s TV, Press TV, Sky TV, SBS (Hindi & Urdu), Tehelka and several community radios from Australia, Slovenia, and South Africa.

This website aims to offer an overview of Irfan Ahmad’s academic life. Like many other things, this website too is a work-in-progress. You correctly noticed that the menu has “Main”, not “Home” – a term with seeds of violence. You may want to visit my profile at Academia.edu.

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