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The Future of Muslim Politics in India

  • Ali Khan Mahmudabad
  • Tripurdaman Singh
Friday 11 October 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

In the aftermath of the 2019 elections in India, a number of questions have been raised about the future of Muslim politics in India. Despite the tremendous internal diversity within the Muslim community along sectarian, geographic, cultural, linguistic and even ethnic lines, there are some broad features that are common across these divisions. Indeed, animated conversations about the terms of engagement with the new social-political exigencies in India abound as both leaders as well lay persons attempt to map out the road ahead. The talk will reflect on some of these conversations and raise questions about the manner in which past political formations and responses to these formations might contain both clues for future political engagement.

Professor Ali Khan Mahmudabad

Ali Khan Mahmudabad has come to be one of India’s foremost voices on Muslim issues. His writing spans across publications and languages, from Huffington Post to The Indian Express, from Urdu to French. He teaches history and political science at Ashoka University and also advises think tanks on subjects such as politics, religion and security in South and West Asia. In his new book The Making of North Indian Muslim Identity: Poetry, Politics, and Religion 1850–1950, he talks about the role of poetry in expressing identity, particularly what it meant to be both Muslim and Indian in a time of sociopolitical exigency. The book charts the rich history of the mushā‘irah (poetic symposium) and investigates changing notions of nationality and patriotism in that space. It offers new perspectives on how Muslim intellectuals, poets, political leaders, and journalists conceived of and expressed their relationship to India and to the trans-national Muslim community.

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