2017 1st KIAS-KINDAS Joint Seminar “Indian Muslims: Issues, Politics and Beliefs”
【Date and Time】June 23 (Friday), 2017 14:45-16:15
【Venue】 Lecture Room 1 (AA401), 4F, Research Building No.2, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
(Building no.34 on the above map)
【Title】Indian Muslims: Issues, Politics and Beliefs
【Speaker】 Prof. Taberez Ahmed Neyazi (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi)
This presentation discusses the ways Indian Muslim has been negotiating their religious identity in a secular country. I particularly focus on the role of Darul Uloom (House of Knowledge) Deoband, an influential religious seminary situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India and considered next in standing only to Cairo’s Al-Azhar. Darul Uloom Deoband has also been regarded as representative of Indian Muslims, real or imaginary. Such a perception of Deoband has far-reaching consequences as it not only ignores the internal divisions within the Muslim community, but it presents Muslims as one homogenous community with a single command structure. Every move of Deoband has been presented and interpreted by the media as the voice of all Indian Muslims. Despite various progressive stands taken by Deoband on many social issues, it is still viewed as an orthodox institution informed by primordial values, which in turn has become the image of Indian Muslims. Can an orthodox institution simultaneously play moderate and progressive roles? Does Deoband have a progressive vision for the Muslim community? To what extent does Deoband represent Indian Muslims? In this presentation, I discuss the transformation in a supposedly orthodox institution of Islamic learning and how it has been trying to maintain its religious authority in a rapidly changing world.
About the speaker:
Taberez Ahmed Neyazi is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi. He serves as India’s Coordinator for “Media Campaigns and Influence in Elections”, a collaborative project with colleagues at Emory University, Cleveland State University, Kyoto University and the National University of Singapore. Before moving to JMI, he held fellowships at in several countries including: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto University; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellow at Erfurt University; and held visiting fellowships at the East-West Center in Hawaii and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has contributed to several edited volumes and his articles have appeared in several international refereed journals. His recent books include Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India (2014, Routledge, London, co-edited with Akio Tanabe & Shinya Ishizaka) and Political Communication and Mobilisation: The Hindi Media in India (2017, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
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* This seminar is free of charge, and no reservation is required.
* This seminar is simultaneously the 4th lecture of KINDAS Lecture Series “Understanding Contemporary Indian Politics”.