Prof. Dr. Irfan Ahmad

Prof. Dr. Irfan Ahmad

Politische Anthropologie

Tel.: +49 (551) 4956 - 248
Fax: +49 (551) 4956 - 170
ahmad(at)mmg.mpg.de

Irfan Ahmad is a Senior Research Fellow working on a book manuscript provisionally titled Terrorism in Question: Toward An Anthropological Approach. Until January 2017, he was Associate Professor of Political Anthropology at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Author of Islamism and Democracy in India (Princeton University Press, 2009), short-listed for the 2011 ICAS Book Prize for the best study in the field of Social Sciences, his second book Religion As Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace is forthcoming in 2017 from the University of North Carolina Press. Religion As Critique enunciates the ethnic foundation of the Enlightenment to ethnographically draft an alternative genealogy of critique in Islamicate traditions of south Asia. Ahmad is founding Co-Editor of Journal of Religious and Political Practice (Taylor & Francis). With Natalie Doyle, he co-edited (Il)liberal Europe: Islamophobia, Modernity and Radicalization (Routledge, 2017) and is currently co-editing (with Pralay Kanungo, Leiden University/JNU) a volume on the 2014 Indian elections.

Having earned his doctorate (cum laude) in anthropology from University of Amsterdam, Ahmad taught at University College Utrecht, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam and Monash University, Melbourne. His interests are diverse: social-cultural anthropology/sociology, religion, pluralism/multiculturalism, violence, media, nationalism, anthropology of philosophy, social theory, and literature. He contributes to debates in The Age, Al-Jazeera, The Conversation, OpenDemocracy and Times of India. His interviews have appeared in print, audio and TV in Dutch, English, Hindi, Malayalam, Turkish and Urdu media such as BBC Urdu, Channel News Asia (Singapore), The Hindu, Open Magazine, People’s TV, Press TV, Sky TV, SBS (Hindi & Urdu), Tehelka and community radios from Australia, Slovenia, and South Africa.