Hilal Ahmed

Associate Professor

Hilal Ahmed works on political Islam, Muslim modernities/ representation, and politics of symbols in South Asia. His book Muslim Political Discourse in Postcolonial India: Monuments, Memory, Contestation (Routledge 2014), looks at these thematic concerns to make sense of the nature of contemporary Muslim political discourse.

Ahmed is currently working on a book project on the politics of Muslim political representation in postcolonial India. He is also editing a Hindi Reader of Sudipta Kaviraj’s writings.

Ahmed is the Associate Editor, South Asian Studies, journal of the British Association of South Asian Studies.

He was a Visiting Fellow, at Victoria University Wellington, (2013-14), Visiting Asia Fellow, University of Dhaka, (2011) and Visiting Professor at University of Pune (2011).

He has designed and conducted courses on Research as Practice(2017), Politics of Political Representation (2016), Research Methods and Identities: Issues and Debates in Postcolonial India (2015), History, Memory and Identity (2009) for the CSDS Teaching Programme, Researching the Contemporary.

He also taught a course Political Sociology at the Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Ahmed has worked as a lecturer of political science at University of Delhi.

Ahmed writes for academic journals, newspapers, and websites in English and Hindi. He has produced two documentaries, Encountering the Political Jama Masjid (English, 2006) and Qutub ek Adhura Afsana (Qutub: an unfinished story, Hindi with English subtitles, 2016).

Ahmed did his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2007).

He was awarded the Rajya Sabha Fellowship (2015-2016), the Asia Fellow Award (2008/2010), the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship (2009), the Ford Foundation-IFP Fellowship (2002), the ATRI-Charities Aid Foundation Fellowship (2001), and UGC Senior Research Fellowship (1999) and the UGC Junior Research Fellowship (1997).

A film Beacons of Hope (English, 2008) documents Ahmed’s life story and his achievements.

Email: ahmed.hilal(at)csds.in

Publications (Click to Read)

How to (Not) Study Muslim Electoral Responses?

Fictions of Intellectual Politics: Manto

Different Kinds of Difference

Secularising the ‘Secular’: Monumentalisation of the Taj Mahal in Postcolonial India

Asghar Ali Engineer (1939-2013): Emancipatory Intellectual Politics

Mosque as Monument: The Afterlives of Jama Masjid and the Political Memories of a Royal Muslim Past