Shail Mayaram

Shail Mayaram’s work straddles history, anthropology, philosophy and politics as also religious studies. She was Professor at the Centre, worked as its Acting Director during 2009-2010 and 2011 and was Co-Director of the M. S. Merian-R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities – Metamorphoses of the Political: Comparative Perspectives on the Long Twentieth Century (ICAS-MP) 2018-19. Currently she is Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Kate Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies, University of Heidelberg (since 2020-) and is Module Co-Coordinator of ICAS-MPs Thematic Module on History as a Political Category (2015-). Her early books were, Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity (Oxford University Press, 1997, 2nd edition 2017) and Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins (Columbia University Press, 2003) that explored state formation, resistance and identity from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries. She has been a member of the Subaltern Studies Collective and co-edited Subaltern Studies: Muslims, Dalits and the Fabrications of History (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her most recent book is The Secret Life of AnOther Indian Nationalism: Transitions from the Pax Britannica to the Pax Americana (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

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Requiem for a lost Israel and Palestine

Imtiaz Ahmad: A Prime Mover of Muslim Studies in India

Christopher Tounsel, Chosen Peoples: Christianity and Political Imagination in South Sudan (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2021). A Comment

Afghanistan: A Western War Zone

The Secret Life of Another Indian nationalism: Transitions from the Pax Britannica to the Pax Americana

Modernity, its Pathologies and Reenchantments

Customary law 6. The Meos of Mewat, The Encyclopaedia of Islam

Martyrdom, the Farmers' Movement and the Making of Another Polis

How Different Are the Ongoing Farmers' Protests From Those of Colonial Times?

Why Flinging the Term 'Corona Jihad' at the Tablighi Jamaat Makes No Sense

Pastoral Predicaments: The Gujars in History

Hindu-Catholic Encounters In Goa: Religion, Colonialism, and Modernity

Rethinking axiality: Why the transcendence-immanence binary does not work for India