This conversation between a private security guard, Dharmendra Panchal, and Irfan Ahmad serves as a window to understand contemporary India from the perspective of an “ordinary” or “common” man, an ardent and articulate supporter of the current ruling party and its worldview. At the centre of this conversation is the salience of Hinduism in politics,…Details
This article presents biographies of three activists of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Following 9/11, the Indian state banned SIMI for fomenting “terrorism”, “sedition” and “destroying Indian nationalism”. Of the three SIMI activists, Qasim Omar had spent 30 months in prison and Samin Patel, a US citizen of Indian origin, 27 months.Details
Ahmad, Irfan. 2015. “Talal Asad Interviewed by Irfan Ahmad”. Public Culture. 27(2): 259 – 279. Anthropologist Talal Asad, interviewed by Irfan Ahmad, talks about his conceptual engagement with the outcomes of religion, politics, and the past and his work to problematize a “seamless web” view of history’s unfolding. This interview consists of two parts. Part…Details
In Being Muslim in South Asia. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Is it not contradictory that Modi stands exonerated of any role in the pogrom of over 3,000 Muslims…Details
Discourses about the legitimacy of the interim government continue to obscure the reality on the ground, writes scholar….Details
Politics, Religion & Ideology. 14(2): 234–252.Details
Rather than promote democracy in the Middle East, the West has a long history of doing the exact opposite. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/03/201232710543250236.htmlDetails
Indian Muslims are often accused of terrorist links, but in many cases it is Muslims themselves who are terrorised.
Audio-File-Paper at the conference Spirited Voices from the Muslim World, University of Sydney, Australia.