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Muslim exceptionalism and the digital public sphere in India


Umar Nizar Muslims in India form a significant minority, numbering almost 140 million. These Muslim belong to various denomination including, Sufi, Salafi and Sunni and the Jama’at-e-Islami. The public sphere in India has been caste and class ridden in a way that MN Srinivas (1989) observes in his work on Sanskritization, where people belonging to …


Neoorientalism and Scopophilia in the work of Mayank Austen `Sufi’


Umar Nizar The road to hell is paved with good intentions. With the rather misleading moniker `Sufi’, social media celebrity and Arundhati Roy groupie, Mayank Austen Soofi ambles around Delhi, chronicling the lives of the apparently destitute. This has earned him accolades in the form of invitations to the `Serendipity Arts Festival’ in Goa and …


Why Dalits in Pakistan are reluctant to convert to Islam en masse!

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Sufi Ghulam Hussain Mukhi, the panchayat headman of Oad [Dalit] community begged in the name of holy Gita and even threw his turban at Seetal’s feet, but Seetal just didn’t care much and replied:“Mukhi! Do whatever you like, but I shall change my religion.Mukhi: “But why after all you do, you want to change your …


Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims – Part 9

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  Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims – Part 9: Evidence From the Mughal Period Continued from here. Masood Alam Falahi (Translated by Yoginder Sikand for [Part 9 of Masood Alam Falahi’s Urdu book Hindustan Mai Zat-Pat Aur Musalman (‘Casteism Among Muslims in India’)] ~ It is likely that, like the Muslim so-called …