Irfan Ahmad

Irfan Ahmad is Associate Professor of Political Anthropology, Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. He is the author of Islamism and Democracy in India.


Adieu, Zygmunt Bauman!

With Zygmunt Bauman's death, we lost a brilliant sociologist, writer and thinker.


Are India's Muslims a minority?

Minister in Hindu nationalist BJP government says Muslims are not minority causing controversy on status of community.


Manifestos and Indian elections

The choice between the AAP, the BJP and the Congress is far from a real substantial choice.


El-Sisi's reign of terror and the propaganda of 'fascism'

Discourses about the legitimacy of the interim government continue to obscure the reality on the ground, writes scholar.

Arts & Culture

Life imitating Bollywood: Love, murder, suicide

In modern day India the impact of the cultural realm may not necessarily be as innocuous as once believed.


Bin Laden’s killing: national sovereignty as notional fraud

Was the US-led operation that killed Osama Bin Laden a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty?


Egypt, de-democratised

Scholar Irfan Ahmad argues that the Egyptian military staged a coup d'etat that has set democracy back in the nation.


Legitimising the killings in the name of 'just war'

War on terror has not only 'legitimised' the killing of millions, but has also silenced a fair discussion about them.


How the war on terror is a war of terror

States such as Israel which today "portray themselves" as fighting terrorism were in some ways "born out of terror".


How the West de-democratised the Middle East

Rather than promote democracy in the Middle East, the West has a long history of doing the exact opposite.


The (in)visible in Indian terrorism

Indian Muslims are often accused of terrorist links, but in many cases it is Muslims themselves who are terrorised.