Essays and Op-Eds

Ahmad, Irfan. 2021. “Combat-concepts in Indian Politics: Understanding Democracy as Politics of Enmity.” The Polis Project. 22 November

Ahmad, Irfan. 2021. “How Western Islamophobia Works in the Global South.” Middle East Eye. 15 April.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2021. “Shaheen Bagh; An Interrupted Future: Irfan Ahmad’s Essay- Part II.” Maktoobmedia.com. 13 March.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2021. “Shaheen Bagh is not an Event of the Past, it is an Interrupted Future – Part I.” Maktoobmedia.com. 12 March.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2021. “Nation, Poetry, Criticism: A Critical Tribute to Shamsur Rahman Faruqi.” Café Dissensus. 9 January.

Ahmad, Irfan. “Coronavirus, Naked Life and the Importance of Giorgio Agamben.” The Polis Project.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2020. “A Critical Tribute to Sociologist Yogendra Singh (1932–2020) — As a Teacher, and His Thoughts as a Scholar.” First Post. May 21.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2020. “Violence After Violence: The Politics of Narratives Over the Delhi Pogrom.” The Polis Project. 28 March.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2020. “Citizen Amendment Act is Confirmation of India as a Hindu Nation-State.” Berkeley Center for Peace, Religion and World Affairs, Georgetown University. 9 March.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2020. “Shaheen Bagh Protest Challenges BJP Govt’s Brand of Populism, Is Generative of New Vision of Democracy.” First Post. 30 January.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2019. “The Majoritarian Assumptions That Birthed a Populist Verdict.” The Wire. 21 November.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2017. “Modi’s Polarizing Populism Makes a Fiction of a Secular, Democratic India.” The Conversion. 12 july.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2017. “Adieu, Zygmunt Bauman!” Al-Jazeera. 13 January.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2016. “Politics of Sedition: The JNU Affair”. Tehelka. 18 February.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2015. “As Morsi Faces the Gallows, Where Are the Defenders of Democracy?” The Conversation. 14 August. Reproduced, inter alia, by ABC, Jakarta Globe, Scroll.inYourmiddleeast.comBusinesses.com.auEmnews.com.au and Johnmenadue.com.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2015. “Ek Vidhaan, Do Desh; Not Ek Desh, Do Vidhaan –On [Yakub] Memon’s Execution”. TwoCircles.net. 4 August.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2015. “Reclaiming Australia? Liberalism’s Role in Islamophobia”The Conversation. 17 July.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2015. “Mohamed Mursi Death Sentence Puts Western Democracies on Notice”. The Age (Melbourne). June 9. Also in its affiliates:Sydney Morning HerladCanberra Times and others.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2014. “Gandhi, Palestine and Israel”. August 02. Kafila.org. Republished at The IndependentAlochnaBeyondHeadlinesDialogueIndia and elsewhere.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2014. “Are India’s Muslims a Minority?” Al-Jazeera English. 5 June. Translated into Malayalam and published in Utharakalam on 18 Jun 2014 and on June 9 in Partidhara E-Journal.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2014. “Welcome to Pseudo-democracy: Unpacking the BJP Victory.” May 25. Kafila.org.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2014. “Democracy as Permanent Advertising – Indian Media and Elections”. May 08. Kafila.org.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2014. “Manifestos and Indian Elections”. Al-Jazeera. 15 April.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2013. “Modi as Future Indian PM? Development, Camp and the ‘Muslim Vote”. OpenDemocracy. 30 November.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2013. “El-Sisi’s Reign of Terror and the Propaganda of ‘Fascism‘”.  Al-Jazeera. 23 August. Reproduced as “Egypt’s Reign of Terror and the Propaganda of ‘Fascism’”. The Sunday Times (Colombo). P. 12. Print and online editions.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2013. “Life Imitating Bollywood: Love, Murder, Suicide”.  Al-Jazeera. 6 August.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2013. “Bin Laden’s Killing: National Sovereignty as Notional Fraud”.  Al-Jazeera. 18 July.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2013.“Egypt, De-democratised”.  Al-Jazeera. 8 July.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2012. “Legitimizing the Killings in the Name of ‘Just War”.  Al-Jazeera. 15 September. 

Ahmad, Irfan. 2012. “How the War on Terror is a War of Terror”. Al-Jazeera. 11 September.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2012. “How the West de-democratised the Middle East”. Al-Jazeera (English). 30 March.   For a Portuguese translation, clickhttp://www.blogdadilma.blog.br/mundo/88-mundo/812-como-o-ocidente-desdemocratizou-o-oriente-medio.html

Ahmad, Irfan. 2011. “The (In)visible in Indian Terrorism”. Al-Jazeera (English) 16 September.  Translated into Malayalam (see below).

Ahmad, Irfan. 2006. “Don’t Blame SIMI”. The Times of India. Edit Page. New Delhi. September 25.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2006. “Freedom from Bigotry”. The Times of India. Edit Page. New Delhi. February 21.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2000. “Mera India/ Bharat Mahaan”. Business Today. January 7: 30– 31.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1999. “Private Armies Ruling the Roost”. The Pioneer. February 1.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1999. “Free Radical”. Himal: South Asian Magazine. 12(2).

Ahmad, Irfan. 1998. “Global Bully in Washington”. The Pioneer. New Delhi. September 6.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1998. “Only the Legacy Remains”. Himal: South Asian Magazine. 11(2): 31– 33.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1998. “Muslim Votes and BJP’s Dilemma”. The Pioneer. New Delhi. February 20.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1997. “A New Agenda for Muslim Radicals”. The Times of India. Edit Page. New Delhi. April 1.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1996. “Cricket and Suicide”. The Times of India. Edit Page. New Delhi. April 9.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1996. “The Ethics of a Beauty Contest”. The Pioneer. New Delhi. November 6.

Articles in Semi-Academic Journals and Online

Ahmad, Irfan. 2008. “ ‘The Society of Suspicion’ and Anthropological Ethics”. Website of Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK andCommonwealth, February 04. http://blog.theasa.org/?p=49

Ahmad, Irfan. 2001. “Bhutan’s Struggle for Democracy”. The Radical Humanist. 64(10): 9-10.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2001. “Communication”. Seminar. 498: 59– 62.

Ahmad, Irfan. 2000. “Across the Seas”. India International Center Diary. April-May: 4– 5.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1999. “RSS Versus the Jamaat”. World Focus. 232: 16– 19.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1999. “Contextualizing Vande Matram”. ManushiA Journal about Women and Society. 111: 29– 30.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1997. “Emergence of Sociology and its Relationship with Social Sciences”. Employment News. 22: 1– 2.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1996. “Communication”. Seminar. 438: 66– 67.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1996. “UN at Fifty”. Third Concept. 107: 13– 15.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1996. “Looking Beyond the Radcliffe Line”. Mainstream. May 11: 28– 30.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1995. “Looking for the End of the Tunnel”. Social Reality. 1(2): 64– 66.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1995. “Between Vision and Action”. Mainstream. November 18: 27– 28.

Ahmad, Irfan. 1994. “Population and Development”. Mainstream. 32(43): 11– 13.

Read Select Op-Eds.

How Western Islamophobia Works in the Global South, 2021. [Read Arabic translation here]

How the West de-democratised the Middle East. 2013 [Read Portuguese translation here]

The (in)visible in Indian Terrorism 2011 [Read English here] [Read Malayalam translation here]

Don’t Blame SIMI 2006 Read here

Private Armies ruling the roost 1999 Read here

Cricket and Suicides 1996 Read here