The programme Cities Are Back In Town is organizing on April 13th a seminar around the publication of the collective book Muslims in Indian Cities: Trajectories of Marginalization by Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot (eds.). The seminar will take place from 5 to 8 pm in room H101 at 28, rue des Saints Pères.

At more than 150 million people, Muslims are the largest Indian minority but are facing a significant decline in socio-economic as well as political terms – while waves of communal violence have affected them over the last twenty-five years.
In India’s cities, these developments find contrasting expressions. While Muslims are lagging behind, local syncretic cultures have proved to be resilient in the South and in the East (Bangalore, Calicut, Cuttack). In the Hindi belt and in the North, Muslims have met a different fate, especially in riot-prone areas (Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Jaipur, Aligarh) and in the former capitals of Muslim states (Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Lucknow).
These developments have resulted in the formation of Muslim ghettos and Muslim slums in places like Ahmedabad and Mumbai. But (self-)segregation also played a role in the making of Muslim enclaves, like in Delhi and Aligarh, where traditional elites and the new Muslim middle class searched for physical as well as cultural protection through their regrouping.
This book supplements an ethnographic approach to Muslims in eleven Indian cities with a quantitative methodology in order to give a first- hand account of this untold story.

Programme of the seminar


by Christophe Jaffrelot (Senior Research Fellow, CERI, Sciences Po/CNRS)

Calicut: “Kozhikode’s Kuttichira: Exclusivity Maintained Proudly”

by Radhika Kanchana (PhD candidate, CERI, Sciences Po)

Jaipur: “Ramganj, From Occupation-Based to ‘Communal’ Neighbourhood?” by Gayatri Jai Singh Rathore (PhD candidate, CERI, Sciences Po)

Discussant 1: Agnès Deboulet (Professor of Sociology, Paris VIII)

General Discussion

Coffee Break

Aligarh: “Sir Syed Nagar/ Shah Jamal, Contrasted Tales of a ‘Muslim’ City”

by Juliette Galonnier (PhD candidate, OSC, Sciences Po)

Bhopal and Ahmedabad: “Two patterns of Muslim urban marginalization”

by Christophe Jaffrelot (Senior Research Fellow, CERI, Sciences PO/CNRS)

Discussant 2: Jules Naudet (Post-doctoral Fellow at ERIS, CMH /CNRS)

General Discussion


Open entry subject to the availability of seats.