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About Omair Ahmad

Omair Ahmad studied at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Syracuse University, New York. He has worked at the Central & South Asia Division of the Voice of America, as Political Adviser at the British High Commission in New Delhi, and has written a novel on the rise of extremism among mainland Indian Muslims.

Articles by Omair Ahmad

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Kashmir: the tragedy of opportunities

Militant Islamists have served Kashmir’s earthquake victims better than an uncaring India or an incompetent Pakistan, and the consequences for ordinary Kashmiris will be bitter, says Omair Ahmad.

Jihad reloaded: popular culture and wars of faith

Hollywood products like “The Matrix”, “X-Men” and their sequels indulge the spectacle of violence and terrorism in the name of a nebulous ‘truth’, and thus echo the very mental strategies of al-Qaida. But they also make available narratives of meaning that illuminate the realities of power which imprison the world. Should their consumers be alarmed or amused?

Ring of prophecy

A wary platform encounter with a self-styled spiritual warrior offers unexpectedly renewed hope to a weary Omair Ahmad.

The light within: Muslims in transition

In dialogue with Dave Belden, one Muslim Indian living in America voices the optimism of a rising generation. In an atmosphere of freedom to speak the truth, and despite political oppression in Islamic states and secularist pressures in the west, Muslims are making progress by changing from within the faith.
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