Religion and Global Migrations

The Precarious Diasporas of Sikh and Ahmadiyya Generations

Violence, Memory, and Agency

Authors: Nijhawan, Michael

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 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. 

About the authors

 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). 

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“In this riveting study Michael Nijhawan unpacks the potential of ‘diaspora’ as a self-differentiating concept and temporal formation. Grounded in a cutting edge social anthropology, the book develops a method of disjunctively juxtaposing two important diaspora communities thereby bypassing staid discussions of comparativism. Nijhawan unravels complex political discourses and everyday practices of a contemporary generation of Sikhs and Ahmadiyya Muslims, showing how both communities have become entangled in concrete discourses that deploy religion as a category of governance.  This is an impressive and innovative piece of work.” (Arvind-Pal S. Mandair, University of Michigan, USA) 

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)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Nijhawan, Michael

    Pages 1-26

  • The Violent Event and the Temporal Dimensions of Diasporas

    Nijhawan, Michael

    Pages 27-58

  • Religious Subjectivity in Spaces of the Otherwise

    Nijhawan, Michael

    Pages 59-98

  • The Radiating Effect of the Asylum Court on Religion

    Nijhawan, Michael

    Pages 99-152

  • Fabricating Suspicious Religious Others

    Nijhawan, Michael

    Pages 153-190

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Precarious Diasporas of Sikh and Ahmadiyya Generations
Book Subtitle
Violence, Memory, and Agency
Authors
Series Title
Religion and Global Migrations
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48854-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48854-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49959-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 289
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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