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The Precarious Diasporas of Sikh and Ahmadiyya Generations: Violence, Memory, and Agency by Michael Nijhawan

This book examines the long-term effects of violence on the everyday cultural and religious practices of a younger generation of Ahmadis and Sikhs in Frankfurt, Germany and Toronto, Canada. Comparative in scope and the first to discuss contemporary articulations of Sikh and Ahmadiyya identities within a single frame of reference, the book assembles a significant range of empirical data gathered over ten years of ethnographic fieldwork. In its focus on precarious sites of identity formation, the volume engages with cutting-edge theories in the fields of critical diaspora studies, migration and refugee studies, religion, secularism, and politics. It presents a novel approach to the reading of Ahmadi and Sikh subjectivities in the current climate of anti-immigrant movements and suspicion against religious others. Michael Nijhawan also offers new insights into what animates emerging movements of the youth and their attempts to reclaim forms of the spiritual and political.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137499592
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/21/2016
Series: Religion and Global Migrations
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael Nijhawan is a Social Anthropologist and Associate Professor in Sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada. His publications include Suffering, Art, and Aesthetics (with R.Hadj-Moussa, 2014), Shared Idioms, Sacred Symbols, and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia (with K. Pemberton, 2009) and Dhadi Darbar: Religion, Violence and the Performance of Sikh History (2006).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Violent Event and the Temporal Dimensions of Diaspora

Chapter 2: Religious Subjectivity in Spaces of the Otherwise

Chapter 3: The Asylum Court’s Radiating Effect on Religion

Chapter 4: Fabricating Suspicious Religious Others

Chapter 5: Daughters and Sons of ’84: Dissenting Performances of Labor and Love

Chapter 6: The Ordinary and Prophetic Voice of Postmemory Work


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This book represents a breakthrough in thinking religion and diasporas together in ways that refuse to demarcate religion, migration, and the political, social, and material as discrete, finite, or textual domains. Rather, the entanglements of ontology, materiality, and religiosity, as well as precarity and violence open up hitherto separate areas of research to productive and political critique.” (Inderpal
Grewal, Yale University, USA)

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