Prof. Dr. Irfan Ahmad, 2017-2021

Curriculum Vitae

From 2018 until 2021, Irfan Ahmad was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute. A political anthropologist, Ahmad has taught at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Monash University and Australian Catholic University in Australia. Interested in the dynamics of religion (Islam), politics, democracy, media, violence, anthropology of philosophy and history of anthropology - especially in South Asia - he has authored two monographs (Princeton University Press and University of North Carolina Press/Oxford University Press) and co-edited two books (Routledge and Oxford University Press). An edited volume, “Are Anthropology and Ethnography Equivalent?” is forthcoming from Berghahn in 2021. Ahmad’s contributions have appeared, inter alia, in Anthropological Theory, JRAI, Public Culture, HAU, Philosophy & Social Criticism, Modern Asian Studies, and Public Anthropologist. Founding Co-Editor of Journal of Religious & Political Practice, Ahmad is also on the editorial boards of Public Anthropologist, South Asia, and International Journal of Islam in Asia.

Research projects


Publications

Books

Ahmad, I. (2017). Religion as critique: Islamic critical thinking from Mecca to the marketplace. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. Link

Collected Editions

Ahmad, I. (Ed.). (2021). Anthropology and ethnography are not equivalent: reorienting anthropology for the future. New York: Berghahn Books. Link

Ahmad, I., & Kanungo, P. (Eds.). (2019). The algebra of warfare-welfare. A long view of India's 2014 election. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Link

Ahmad, I., & Doyle, N. J. (Eds.). (2018). (Il)liberal Europe: Islamophobia, modernity and radicalization. London: Routledge. Link

Contributions to a Collected edition

Ahmad, I. (2019). Democracy as rumour: media, religion, and the 2014 Indian elections. In I. Ahmad, & P. Kanungo (Eds.), The algebra of warfare-welfare. A long view of India's 2014 election (pp. 55-90). New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Link

Ahmad, I. (2019). Introduction: democracy and the algebra of warfare-welfare. In I. Ahmad, & P. Kanungo (Eds.), The algebra of warfare-welfare. A long view of India's 2014 election (pp. 1-54). New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Link

Ahmad, I. (2019). Unity in diversity: democracy and manifestos in the 2014 Indian elections. In I. Ahmad, & P. Kanungo (Eds.), The algebra of warfare-welfare. A long view of India's 2014 election (pp. 309-333). New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Link

Ahmad, I. (2018). In defense of ho(s)tels: Islamophobia, domophilia, liberalism. In I. Ahmad, & N. J. Doyle (Eds.), (Il)liberal Europe: Islamophobia, modernity and radicalization. London: Routledge. Link

Journal Articles

Ahmad, I. (2018). Is political anthropology dead? Anthropology News, 59. Link

Ahmad, I. (2018). Twentieth-century faces of anthropology’s holism. Anthropology News, 59(3). Link

Ahmad, I. (2017). Democracy in Jail: Over-representation of minorities in Indian prisons. Economic & Political Weekly, 52(44), 98-106. Link

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