Curriculum Vitae

I am an anthropologist interested in issues of hierarchy, caste, religion and social change. I am a PhD candidate in Anthropology program at the School of Culture, History and Language at The Australian National University, Canberra. I am now working on my PhD thesis titled ‘Caste in Islam: Social Hierarchy among Muslims in Malabar, South India’.

As part of an MPhil program, I wrote a thesis titled ‘Caste, Religion and Politics: Muslims in Malabar’. It dealt with the social organisation, religious contestations and rivalry among Muslims in Malabar. I argued that the social divisions observed among Muslims work with similar mechanisms and rationalities as it is practiced among Hindus. I also noted that the contestations and rivalry at various times among three religious groups, Sunnis, Mujahids and Jama’athe Islami should be seen as historically specific attempts to construct ‘true’ Islam and stake claims to represent Muslims as a political community.

Publications:

2017. ‘Status Claims among Muslims in Malabar, South India.’ Anthropological Notebooks, 23 (2): 103-105.

2017. ‘Muslim Social Organisation and Cultural Islamisation in Malabar.’ South Asia Research, 37 (1): 19-36

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