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A Conversation with Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer

By Nadira Khan

[Asghar Ali Engineer, an Indian Muslim, is a reformist-writer and activist. Internationally known for his work on liberation theology in Islam, he leads the Progressive Dawoodi Bohra movement. The focus of his work is on (and action against) communalism and communal and ethnic violence in India and South Asia. He is an advocate of a culture of peace, non-violence and communal harmony, and has lectured around the world. He is presently the head of the Institute of Islamic Studies and the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, both of which he founded in 1980 and 1993 respectively. He currently contributes to The God Contention, a website comparing and contrasting various worldviews. Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer’s autobiography, A Living Faith: My Quest for Peace, Harmony and Social Change was released in New Delhi on 20 July, 2011 by the Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari.]

[Nadira Khan is a doctoral student in the Department of Social Science, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai. Currently she is working on her doctoral dissertation, titled, “Imagining ‘Muslim’ Identity: A Study of Hindi Cinema and its Audience”. She completed her M. Phil. on “Electronic Media and Public Issues: A Study of Mediation” in Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai in 2010. Nadira received her M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in the year of 2007.Email: nadira.khatun@gmail.com]

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