On August 26th, 2017 under Indialogue Foundation’s new academic initiative, Indialogue Lecture Series (ILS), Dr Hilal Ahmed delivered a lecture on the topic “Thinking about Islam and Muslims in Contemporary India: Issues and Debates”.
Addressing a group of research scholars from different universities in Delhi, Dr Ahmed explained how political narratives around Islam and the Indian Muslim community have been changing in the postcolonial India. He contested the widespread image of Muslims as a group of people who follow Islam, form a nation and are ahistorical, and argued that the Muslim community in India is not as homogenous as it is often thought. Similarly, he said that the perception about Muslims have also not been consistent and have varied under various governments that came to power since India gained independence from the British.
Dr Ahmed is an associate professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). He works on political Islam, Muslim/modernities representation, and politics of symbols in South Asia. He has published a book titled Muslim Political Discourse in Postcolonial India: Monuments, Memory, Contestation (Routledge, 2014).
ILS is one of our initiatives to engage academically with research scholars studying in different universities in Delhi. Under ILS, one lecture will be organised every month by eminent intellectuals and academicians.