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    Long Read: A Pakistani homeland for Buddhism: Buddhist art, Muslim nationalism and global public history

Long Read: A Pakistani homeland for Buddhism: Buddhist art, Muslim nationalism and global public history

Buddhist iconography is an important element in India’s national flag and national emblem, and Buddhist sites in India, such as the Ajanta Caves and Bodh Gaya are well known. In contrast, Pakistan’s engagement with its own Buddhist heritage has received far less attention. Andrew Amstutz (University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA) explains his ongoing research that examines the place […]

July 22nd, 2019|Featured, Religion|Comments Off on Long Read: A Pakistani homeland for Buddhism: Buddhist art, Muslim nationalism and global public history|
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    Islamophobia on the world stage: Countering hate, channelling grief

Islamophobia on the world stage: Countering hate, channelling grief

Jacinda Ardern’s response to the Christchurch tragedy may be a turning point in generating and recalibrating positive intercommunal relationships argues Sarah Ashraf (Institute for Strategic Dialogue)

Last month’s mass shooting in New Zealand, the deadliest such attack in its modern history claiming fifty innocent lives amongst at least as many injured, marks the coming of age of the insidious global […]

April 2nd, 2019|Featured, Religion|Comments Off on Islamophobia on the world stage: Countering hate, channelling grief|
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    Photo Essay: Religion, secrecy and worship: Inside the world of spiritual leader Sharavana Baba

Photo Essay: Religion, secrecy and worship: Inside the world of spiritual leader Sharavana Baba

Dhruv Ramnath began photographing the followers and ashrams of spiritual leader Sharavana Baba in 2007. His visual ethnographic project documents how the Guru – who many believe is the reincarnation of the Hindu god Murugan – is the centre of a devotional network that simultaneously venerates him as both Murugan and as Prem Sai Baba, the Indian spiritual master. […]

March 25th, 2019|Featured, Religion|Comments Off on Photo Essay: Religion, secrecy and worship: Inside the world of spiritual leader Sharavana Baba|
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    “I will not get angry”: What new age spiritual practices in urban India are teaching women

“I will not get angry”: What new age spiritual practices in urban India are teaching women

Reiki, an offshoot of the international movement of ‘new’ age spiritual practices, has become increasingly popular with certain women in Delhi. Ujithra Ponniah (Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad) argues that its rise symbolises the needs of some women who struggle to deal with the problems of well-being in the family, divorce, problems with mothers-in-law, and material success. But […]

January 14th, 2019|Gender, Religion|Comments Off on “I will not get angry”: What new age spiritual practices in urban India are teaching women|
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    Long Read | In the Name of God: The Asia Bibi Case and its implications for the Rule of Law and Islam in Pakistan

Long Read | In the Name of God: The Asia Bibi Case and its implications for the Rule of Law and Islam in Pakistan

When Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi of blasphemy, the three-member bench made their legal decision by appealing to Islam rather than the Constitution. Amber Darr (UCL) looks at why such a ruling, which is being hailed around the world as a landmark judgement, furthers the cause of the religious right and risks shifting sovereignty in Pakistan from a […]

December 6th, 2018|Law, Religion|Comments Off on Long Read | In the Name of God: The Asia Bibi Case and its implications for the Rule of Law and Islam in Pakistan|
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    Long Read Review: Rethinking and Redefining Islam in South Asia

Long Read Review: Rethinking and Redefining Islam in South Asia

Nicholas H A Evans (LSE) goes on a journey through India’s past with Anand Vivek Taneja’s new book Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Dehli to find an analysis that complicates simple narratives about religion and offers anthropologists and ethnographers new reasons and methods to explore the definition of what Islam is in South […]

November 30th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured, Religion|Comments Off on Long Read Review: Rethinking and Redefining Islam in South Asia|
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    “I don’t believe that Hindutva is Hinduism” – Dr Shashi Tharoor

“I don’t believe that Hindutva is Hinduism” – Dr Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor was recently in the UK to promote his new book  Why I am a Hindu. With a general election coming up in India, the battle between Tharoor’s Congress Party and the current government, the Bharatiya Janata Party, provides an interesting backdrop for the release of Tharoor’s new book. Anishka Gheewala Lohiya had the opportunity to talk to Dr […]

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    “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

“The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2018, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.

In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]

July 6th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Corruption, Development, Featured, Gender, Interviews, Law, Politics, Religion, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain |
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    “People like me feel like the very idea of India is under challenge” – Yogendra Yadav

“People like me feel like the very idea of India is under challenge” – Yogendra Yadav

In this video interview with Tom Wilkinson, Yogendra Yadav addresses the changing relationship between democracy and diversity in India. As the keynote speaker at the prestigious Ralph Miliband lecture, and discussant at LSE South Asian Centre event exploring ‘The Urgency of Secularism” with Amartya Sen, the academic confronts India’s modern political transformation: that is, the growing hegemony of the […]

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    Has the west been won? Understanding the legal and political implications of the FATA-KPK merger

Has the west been won? Understanding the legal and political implications of the FATA-KPK merger

The President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, recently signed the 31st Constitutional Amendment Bill into law, giving a green light to the merger between Pakistan’s Federal Administered Tribal Area (FATA) and its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK). Whilst this has been hailed as a democratic victory, Amber Darr examines the complex legal and political implications of this enactment. 

On 31st May 2018, the President of […]

June 11th, 2018|Featured, History, Law, Politics, Religion, Rural Areas, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Has the west been won? Understanding the legal and political implications of the FATA-KPK merger|

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