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Irfanullah Farooqi (Guest-Editor) teaches at the Department of Sociology, Aligarh Muslim University.

Talim Akhtar teaches Political Science at Hindu College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

Amir Ali, Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Fahad Hashmi holds an MPhil in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. He regularly writes on political Islam, issues of minorities, and on other issues of political and social concerns.

Atul Mishra teaches International Relations at Shiv Nadar University. Email:

A K Muneer teaches English at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India.

Raza Naeem is a Pakistani social scientist, book critic, and an award-winning translator and dramatic reader based in Lahore. He is currently the President of the Progressive Writers Association (Anjuman Taraqqi Pasand Musanifeen) in Lahore. His most recent publication is an introduction to the reissued edition (HarperCollins India, 2016) of Abdullah Hussein’s classic partition novel, The Weary Generations (Udas Naslein). He can be reached at:

Soheb Niazi is a Doctoral Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies in Germany.

Rizwan Qaiser is Professor of Modern Indian History at the Department History and Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He published a book, Resisting Colonialism and Communal politics: Maulana Azad and the Making of the Indian Nation. He has written extensively on many aspects of modern Indian society, culture, and polity. He was the Director of Centre for the Study of Comparative Religions and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia (2012-14). Currently, he is the Head, Department of History and Culture (2014-2017).

Rana Safvi is a writer, blogger and translator. She holds an MA in Medieval History from the prestigious Centre for Advanced Studies, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University. After retiring from teaching, she has come back to writing about history, her first passion. She documents India’s Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb via its food, customs, festivals, monuments, and clothes. She writes for various newspapers, magazines and web portals such as The Hindu (fortnightly), Daily O (weekly), Qaumi Awaz (monthly) and The Wire Urdu. She has authored three books and her translation of Asar us Sanadeed is about to come out very soon.

Prof. Mohammad Sajjad is with the Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University. He has published two books: Muslim Politics in Bihar: Changing Contours(Routledge, 2014) and Contesting Colonialism & Separatism: Muslims of Muzaffarpur since 1857(Primus, 2014).

Mohammad Sayeed is an urban anthropologist and teaches at Indraprastha College for Women. He also runs a blog on Delhi, Chiragh Dillli.

Shivangini Tandon is Assistant Professor, Centre for Women’s Studies, Aligarh Muslim University and a Visiting Fellow, Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute, Berlin.



For more stories, read Café Dissensus Everyday, the blog of Café Dissensus Magazine.

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