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New Book on Indian Muslims

Oct 13, 2015

Islamic identity and citizenship in contemporary India is the topic of a new publication by Dr. Julten Abdelhalim. The book with the title "Indian Muslims and Citizenship. Spaces for Jihad in Everyday Life" was published by Routledge in October. It is based on the PhD project pursued by Julten Abdelhalim as a stipend of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies.

Through the creation of post-colonial citizenship, India adopted a hybridisation of specific secular and western conception of citizenship. In this democratic framework, Indian Muslims are observed on how they make use of the spaces and channels to accommodate their Islamic identity within a secular one.

The book analyses how the socio-political context shapes citizens’ perceptions of multiple variables, such as their sense of political efficacy, agency, conception of citizenship rights and belief in democracy. Based on extensive surveys and interviews and through presenting and investigating the various meanings of jihad, the author explores the usage of non-Eurocentric conceptual approaches to the study of postcolonial and Muslim societies, in particular the meaning it carries in the psyche of the Muslim community. She argues that through means of argumentative and spiritual jihad, Indian Muslims fight their battle towards a realisation of citizenship ideals despite the unfavourable conditions of intra and inter community conflicts.

"Indian Muslims and Citizenship. Spaces for Jihad in Everyday Life" - 208 pages - was published by Routledge in the series "Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies" in October 2015.

Dr. Julten Abdelhalim is a former PhD student of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies and obtained her PhD from Heidelberg University in 2013. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Cairo University, Egypt and a post-doctoral fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.


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