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¦Irfan Ahmad’s perception is indeed different from what is often depicted in the media. He scoffs at established traditions, and questions common perceptions… He brings a different perspective, whether he is analysing attacks on Indians Down Under or writing about evolution of Jamaat-e-Islami¦ –The Hindu, Delhi, 8 Feb, 2010
Welcome to Irfan Ahmad’s website!
Irfan Ahmad is an anthropologist and a senior lecturer in politics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Before he joined Monash University in early 2009, he taught at Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from where he earned his doctorate (cum laude) in Anthropology. On completing his doctorate, Irfan won the Rubicon Grant from Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to work as a Rubicon postdoctoral fellow at Leiden University. He is the author of Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformation of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Princeton University Press, 2009) which was short-listed for the 2011 International Convention of Asian Scholars(ICAS) Book Prize for the best study in the field of Social Sciences. It has been widely reviewed in leading journals as well as in the media. The Turkish translation of Islamism and Democracy in India will appear this year (2013).
Initially educated in Madrasa Islāmīa ‘Arabīa (Islamic Seminary) in his native village of north Bihar, India, Irfan Ahmad later went to a state-run Hindi-medium Middle and High School and subsequently to B.N. College, Patna. He earned his Bachelor’s in Sociology (Hons.) from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi where he was a university topper. To pursue his higher education, he joined Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where he completed his Masters and M.Phil. (in Sociology).
Irfan Ahmad's numerous research articles have appeared in leading international/global journals such as Anthropological Theory, Citizenship Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute, Modern Asian Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Seminar and The Annual of Urdu Studies. He is a contributor to the The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought. Irfan is on the Editorial Committee of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies; previously he served as its Reviews Editor during 2010–2012. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (both from Routledge).
Irfan Ahmad has held visiting fellowship at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany and in various roles has been a visiting academic to several institutions, including The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. In the past he wrote for the Urdu media and magazines like Qaumī Avāz, Qaumī Tanzīm, Rāshtriya Sahārā, Sangam, Chāoñ, Gulābi Kiran, and contributed to leading South Asian English magazines and semi-academic journals such as Himal: South Asian Magazine, Mainstream, The Radical Humanist, The Third Concept, Business Today and World Fcous. He actively contributes to important debates in such media as Al-Jazeera (English), The Times of India, and The Hindu. His interviews on political and social issues have appeared in print, audio and televisions in Dutch, English, Hindi, Malayalam, Turkish and Urdu media such as BBC Urdu, The Hindu, SBS Hindi, Voice of Russia, and People's TV.
This website aims to offer an overview of Irfan Ahmad's academic life. Like many other things, this website too is a work-in-progress. You correctly noticed that the menu has “Main”, not “Home”. “Home” is a term with seeds of violence (this work is in progress).You may also wish to visit Irfan's profile at Monash http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/irfan-ahmad/.