Muslim Belonging in Hindu South Asia: Ambivalence and Difference in Nepali Public Discourses

Rowena Robinson provides is a nice summary of the arguments I’ve tried to make in my article in a special issue on ‘The Politics of Religion & Faith in South Asia’ in the Journal of Society and Culture in South Asia. The good Muslim/bad Muslim trope I try to highlight at work in Nepali public discourses has […]

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Thoughts on Memory and Memory Work: Return from the Balkans (rough draft sketches)

Memory work is a fundamental element of the human experience, whether we do it publicly or not… Pristina, Kosovo, beholds a curious site to the American traveller more familiar with South Asia and parts of the Middle East than with the Balkans: the American flag flying alongside its own flags (this is plural because in Kosovo both […]

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Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya

Based on fieldwork across the Himalaya, the essays in this book document understudied forms of religion in the Himalayas and present unique perspectives on the phenomenon and experience of religion, discussing why, when, and where practices, discourses, and the category of religion itself, are engaged by varying communities in the region. This edited volume examines both […]

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Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation

This book draws on extensive fieldwork among Muslims in Nepal to examine the local and global factors that shape contemporary Muslim identity and the emerging Islamic revival movement based in the Kathmandu valley. Nepal’s Muslims are active participants in the larger global movement of Sunni revival as well as in Nepal’s own local politics of […]

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