Muslim Politics in North India


Raphael Susewind

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My cumulative dissertation - defended in May 2015 - consisted of five refereed journal articles, a reprint and two published datasets on Muslim politics in the world's third-largest Muslim country and its largest democracy: in India. It traced the political context as well as consequences of a morality stripped of its ethical roots and argued that Muslim politics in North India are underpinned by local configurations of power and socially differentiated moral projects much like non-Muslim politics. Consequently, they vary across time and space in response to different positionalities in the intersectional mesh that constitutes the community, and are not exempt from the interlocked trends of regionalization and particularization of politics in India in general. This has perhaps been less visible because appropriately fine-grained statistical data remained unavailable for long, and scholars consequently concentrated on studying the history of ideas from a national perspective rather than empirically disaggregating and contextualizing political trends on the ground. My dissertation addressed these biases through an innovative mix of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, spanning across anthropology, sociology and political science.