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Beyond Invasions

The Mughals and the North East: Encounter and Assimilation in Medieval India edited by Sajal Nag, New Delhi: Manohar Publishers and Distributors, 2023; pp 538, `2,695.

A School that Lives

The School at Ajmeri Gate: Delhi’s Educational Legacy by Azra Razzack and M Atyab Siddiqui, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2022; pp xxv + 501, `2,295.

Unveiling the New Republic

The New Republic: Populism, Power and the Trajectories of Indian Democracy edited by Shray Mehta and Ravi Kumar, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2022; pp 192, `495.

Class, Gender, Race, and Muslimness in the Production of Muslim South Asia’s Safarnama

The World in Words: Travel Writing and the Global Imagination in Muslim South Asia by Daniel Joseph Majchrowicz, London: Cambridge University Press, 2023; pp 300, `1,295.

Overlapping Marginalities

The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic shows that excessive reliance on digital technologies for delivery of education can sharpen the inequalities in learning. In Bhiwandi, both a metropolitan and a digital periphery in Maharashtra, such unequal learning opportunities further marginalised the citizens of the locality. Female students additionally faced several challenges. Among the many freedoms upended during the pandemic was the spatial mobility, offered by the physical access to the colleges. Where educational institutions failed to effectively adapt to the situation, undergraduate Muslim women experienced a lack of digital access and poor quality of learning.

In Pursuit of Uniform-ity: The Hijab Row

The issue of the Hijab Ban holds several layers underneath it. On the surface, it appears that it is solely the case of students asking for amendments in the rulebook of "uniforms". Another angle is that of Women's dress (uniform in this case) which solicits the attention and control of the community and society. Furthermore, considering the current socio-political climate in India, one is bound not to ignore the possibility of the Islamophobic facet to the case of the Hijab Ban. Thus, a question that arises is how to make sense of the Hijab Ban? Is it a case of “School uniform”, “Women’s clothing”, or “Callous Islamophobia”?

Deconstructing Muslim Identity

Making a Muslim: Reading Publics and Contesting Identities in Nineteenth Century North India by S Akbar Zaidi, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021; pp 269, `950 (hardback).

Prisoners of Conscience

A Twelve-Year Night is a compelling piece of art about the undying spirit of resistance in the face of authoritarian regimes.

 

Judas and the Black Messiah

Based on a Hollywood film about a member of the Black Panther Party, the author explores the history of deep-rooted racism in law enforcement and the structural and institutional continuities that persist.

Analysing Socio-economic Backwardness among Muslims

Backward and Dalit Muslims: Education, Employment and Poverty by Surinder Kumar, Fahimuddin, Prashant K Trivedi and Srinivas Goli, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2020; pp 220, ₹995.

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