The Universities of Sciences Po, Princeton and Columbia Launch Major Research Project on Muslims in India

Scholars from the Universities of Sciences Po, Princeton University, and Columbia University will collaborate on a major research project analyzing the challenges faced by India’s Muslim communities—the largest minority in the world, totaling 200 million people. They will be joined researchers from India, the United States, France, and the UK as they aim to present a comprehensive picture of current social, economic and political conditions.

Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor at Sciences Po and CERI-CNRS Senior Research Fellow, introduces the project in a video interview.

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The Universities of Sciences Po, Princeton and Columbia are launching a major three-year research project on Muslim communities in India thanks to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

This project was jointly developed by Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor at Sciences Po and CERI-CNRS Senior Research Fellow and a leading scholar of India, along with Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and a scholar of Islam and the Middle East. The resulting research will offer new analysis and insights into the challenges faced by Muslim communities in India today. Bringing together a community of over 30 scholars and researchers in India, the United States, France and the UK, the project will provide a detailed examination of the multiple factors impacting Indian Muslim communities and shaping their future.

Manan Ahmed, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Columbia University, and a specialist in the history of South Asia, will lead the development of visualization and spatial mapping highlighting the results of the research.

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