Muslim MPs currently occupy 19 seats of the Lok Sabha (or 3.5 percent of its members), the lowest figure since 1952.
By excluding the Muslims from the defense of the nation, the state has undermined the project of a multicultural India enshrined in the Constitution and prepared the ground for the saffronisation of the public sphere.
Hindu nationalists in Uttar Pradesh have found Shias—a minority within the Muslim minority—to be relatively open to supporting their initiatives, including the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
New interview and survey data from Pakistan provide little or no evidence to support the claim that U.S. drone strikes generate blowback and contribute to the radicalization of local populations.
Despite popular narratives to the contrary, Muslims are losing ground in India in socioeconomic terms.
The Saudi state manipulates religious discourse to legitimize its power and undermine independent voices that may pressure the state for political reform.
The rise in Salafi militancy in Lebanon is not only due to the spillover of the Syrian war, but also to the Sunni elite’s failure at tackling the grievances of their co-religionists.
Karnataka offers an alternative model state based not only on growth, but also on the closing of social and religious gaps, in contrast to the socio-economic, caste, and communal polarization which prevail in western and northern India.
The recent contestation of Rahul Gandhi’s religious identity highlights the challenge in India today to recover the secularism of Nehru and Gandhi, for whom the assertion of one’s Hindu identity did not imply an anti-Muslim or anti-Christian attitude.
Many efforts to provide counter-narratives for Salafi-jihadism are currently failing to address extremists’ abuse of religious scripture directly.