Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Irfan Ahmad

A political anthropologist, Irfan Ahmad is professor of Sociology at Ibn Haldun University, Turkey. Until early 2022, he was a senior research fellow at Max Planck Institute, Gottingen, Germany. Most recently, he is the author of Religion as Critique, editor of The Nation Form in the Global Age: Ethnographic Perspectives, and co-editor of The Algebra of Warfare-Welfare: A Long View of India’s 2014 Election.

From voting to victory: A visual essay on the Turkish elections

As a political anthropologist, I have observed and written about theories and practices of democracy across the continents – Australia, Europe, India, the USA and beyond. It is this very interest, which took me to a polling booth during the second round of the 2023 Turkish Presidential elections for which the voting took place on Sunday, 29 May.

The many silences and problems in the BBC documentary on Modi

Astonishingly, the BBC documentary is silent about counterterrorism accompanied by Islamophobia.
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Destruction of Babri Masjid and phantom of Nehruvian Secularism

As 6 December 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the illegal, state-mediated destruction of the Babri Masjid, it is high time to examine the prevalent myth of “Nehruvian secularism” for two reasons.

The Nexus between Islamophobia in the West and in the Subcontinent

Many have written separately about Western Islamophobia and Islamophobia in the Global South. The aim of this article is to show how both work in tandem. I focus on much-publicized media coverage of a recent viral video about the merciless beating of a minor student by a teacher in Bangladesh’s madrasa.
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The move to nationalize Shaheen Bagh in such terms, however, is contradictory. How can nationalism counter CAA, which itself is a product of nationalism predicated on the heavily financed idea of an ethnic Hindu nation-state?

Shaheen Bagh is not an event of the past, it is an interrupted future – Part I

Third, drawing on writings by Derrida, Deleuze, Gluckman, Geertz, and others, my contention is that Shaheen Bagh is better understood as a supranational, supraliberal...
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