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Mosarrap H. Khan (Guest-Editor) has submitted his doctoral dissertation – “Muslim Fictions: Toward an Aesthetic of the Ordinary” – at the Department of English, New York University, USA. He is also a founding-editor at Cafe Dissensus. Email:

Mursed Alam (Guest-Editor) teaches in the Department of English, Gour College, Malda, West Bengal. His research areas include subaltern life and politics, Islamic traditions in South Asia, minor discourses, etc. He has published in journals such as Economic and Political WeeklyRethinking Marxism, Journal of Postcolonial WritingContemporary South AsiaSouth Asia ResearchKairos, and the Journal of Critical Symposium. Email:

Dr. Sipra Mukherjee is Professor at West Bengal State University. Her research interests are religion, caste, folklore and power..

Abdul Qaiyum is a Ph.D. scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research interests include social mobility among Muslims, village studies, development research, Indian politics, Muslims in urban spaces, and the tussle between religion and secularism. There is a bit of political activism left in him as well. Comments and criticisms are welcome at

Abdul Matin is DAAD Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS) , University of Goettingen, Germany and PhD candidate at the Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has submitted his M.Phil. at the Center for Political Studies, JNU in 2014. Abdul Matin has completed his M.A in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad in 2012 and B.A Honours in Political Science from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2010. His research areas broadly include Muslim politics in contemporary West Bengal, Identity of Bengali Muslims, and politics of social justice.

M Reyaz is assistant professor of Journalism at Aliah University, Kolkata and tweets @journalistreyaz.

Seema Ahmed currently works as assistant teacher at B.S.B. High School in Malda, West Bengal. She has completed M.Phil. at the Institute for Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) in 2015. Her areas of research include Muslim women’s writings, the condition of Muslim women (and Muslims in general) in India and madrasa education.

Dr. Nadira Khatun is assistant professor at Xavier School of Communication, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Her research and teaching interests are film studies, cultural studies, post-colonial theory, popular culture, Muslim identity, Indian cinema, media representation, and new media. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2016 from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India. Her doctoral study was on ‘Imagining “Muslim” identity: An interpretive study of Hindi cinema’. Dr. Khatun completed her M.Phil. (2008–2010) on ‘Electronic media and public issues: A study of mediation’ in School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai.

Arpita Saha is pursuing Ph.D. at the Centre for Journalism and Mass Communication, Visva- Bharati Santiniketan. The broad area of her research is New Media and Gender. She is a Lecturer at the Xavier School of Communications, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.



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