Farhana Ibrahim

Farhana Ibrahim
Associate Professor
Sociology
CV Summary: 
Farhana Ibrahim's research interests include the study of borders, migration and ethnographic perspectives on the state. Her book, 'Settlers, Saints, and Sovereigns: An Ethnography of State Formation in Western India' (Routledge 2009) is based on ethnographic research among Muslim pastoral communities in Gujarat along the Kutch - Sindh border. She is currently co-editing a special issue of the Economic and Political Weekly on borderlands, and is working on a book manuscript that looks at cross border marriage migration in Kutch from the 19th century to the present. She is also the book reviews editor of the SAGE journal, 'Contributions to Indian Sociology'.

Contact Information

fibrahim [at] hss.iitd.ac.in
Office: MS 643A
5th floor, MS Building
011-26596668

Research Areas

Ethnographies of the state and violence
Migration and Displacement
Ethnography of Disasters
Marriage and Migration
Borders and Nation
History and Anthropology
Ethnography of the neighbourhood

Academic Background

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ph.D. Socio-Cultural Anthropology: 2006
Dissertation Title: Mobility, Territory, and Memory in Kachchh: The Making of a Region in Western India

University of Delhi, India
M.Phil. Sociology: 1999
Thesis Title: A Comparative Study of an Islamic Ritual: Liturgy and Everyday Life in the Karbala Paradigm

M.A. Sociology: 1997

B.A. (Honours) History: 1995

Employment History

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
January 2009- June 2014

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Sociology
National University of Singapore
January 2008-January 2009

Assistant Professor
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Mumbai (India)
June 2006-January 2008

Publications

Book:

2009 Settlers, Saints and Sovereigns: An Ethnography of State Formation in Western India New Delhi and London: Routledge.

Journal articles:
(Forthcoming) Cross-border intimacies: marriage, migration and citizenship in western India in Modern Asian Studies.

(Forthcoming) Bureaucracy and Border Control: Crime, police reform, and ‘national security’ in Kutch, 1948-1952, in Economic and Political Weekly (special issue on Borderlands) guest edited and with an Introduction by Farhana Ibrahim and Tanuja Kothiyal.

2016. The ethnographer and the ‘field’ – anthropology as personal engagement, Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 7(2016) © Berghahn Books doi:10.3167/arrs.2016.070102.

2014. Intimate Gifts and ‘Bad’ Deaths: Reflections on Organ Transplants, State and Society in Gujarat, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Vol. 48(2): 165 - 190.

2012 The Region and its Margins: Re-appropriations of the Border from MahaGujarat to Swarnim Gujarat in Economic and Political Weekly Vol. XLVII (32): 66-72.

2011 Re-Making a Region: Ritual Inversions & Border Transgressions in Kutch in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies Vol. XXXIV (3): 439-459.

2008 Islamic ‘reform’, the nation-state and the liberal subject: The cultural politics of identity in Kachchh, Gujarat in Contributions to Indian Sociology Vol.42 (2): 191-217.

2007 Capitalism, Multiculturalism and Tolerance: A perspective on ‘Vibrant Gujarat in Economic and Political Weekly Vol. 42(34): 3446-9

2006 Sindh and Kutch, Cloth and Verse in Himal Southasian Vol. 19 (3): 59-61.

2005 Defining a Border: Harijan Migrants and the State in Kachchh in Economic and Political Weekly Vol. 40 (16): 1623-1630.

2004 No place like home: history, politics and mobility among a pastoral nomadic community in Western India in Nomadic Peoples Vol. 8 (2): 168-90.

Chapters in edited volumes:

2012 Representing the ‘Minority’ in Rowena Robinson (ed.) Minority Studies (Oxford India Series on Contemporary Society, Series ed. Sujata Patel), New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 118-137.

2011 Border Transgressions and the Frontiers of Faith in Kachchh, Gujarat in Vinod K. Jairath (ed.), Frontiers of Embedded Muslim Communities in India, New Delhi: Routledge, 29-48.

2011 Mobility, Territory and Authenticity: Sindhi Hindus in Kachchh, Gujarat in Michel Boivin and Matthew A. Cook (eds.) Interpreting the Sindhi World: Essays on Culture, History and Language. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 28-57.

2008. Mohmedhusain: Words, tabloids and the compulsions of the Ahl-e-Hadis in Mukulika Banerjee (ed.) Muslim Portraits: Everyday Lives in India. New Delhi: Yoda press (co-authored with Edward Simpson).

2007. Narrating the Frontier: Perspectives from Kachchh in Sarai Reader 07: Frontiers, Delhi: CSDS, 2 - 11.

Book Reviews:

2015. David Gellner (ed.) (Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia), Contributions to Indian Sociology Vol. 49 (3): 429 – 432.

2014. Edward Simpson (The Political Biography of an Earthquake: Aftermath and Amnesia in Gujarat), The Indian Express September 22, 2014.

2014. Nikita Sud (Liberalization, Hindu Nationalism and the State), Contributions to Indian Sociology Vol. 48 (3): 429 – 431.

2012. Complex History of Change (Douglas Haynes, Small Town Capitalism in Western India), The Book Review Vol. XXXVI (11): 13-14.

2012. Farina Mir (The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab), Interventions Vol. 14 (3): 470-72.

2011. Anand Pandian (Crooked Stalks: Cultivating Virtue in South India), Contributions to Indian Sociology Vol. 45 (3): 460-462.

2010. Lesson from the Past (Samira Sheikh, Forging a Region), Economic and Political Weekly Vol. XLV (38): 34-35.

Teaching Areas

Sociology of India Sociology and Anthropology of Religion Ethnography of the Urban Language, Culture and Society

Courses