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

Muslim Belonging in Hindu South Asia: Ambivalence and Difference in Nepali Public Discourses, is my new article in a special issue on ‘The Politics of Religion & Faith in South Asia’ in the Journal of Society and Culture in South Asia. Here [pasted below] is a nice summary of the arguments I’ve tried to make in […]

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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

Read a review of the book by Jim Lochtefeld in the journal Himalaya.  This book document the lived religious worlds of communities in the Himalaya, with authors taking varying approaches in interrogating the processes and problems of negotiating change and continuities amidst the uneven processes of modernization in the region. This book presents field-based case studies of lived religion within […]

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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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