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Professor Christophe Jaffrelot


Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology


Office hours in 2017-18: Thursday 12/noon-2:30pm

Christophe Jaffrelot is Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute, and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He also teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris) and is an Overseas Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was Director of CERI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008.

His research interests include: theories of nationalism and democracy; mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India; Hindu nationalist movement; ethnic conflicts in Pakistan; the Dargah culture (with special reference to Ajmer sharif as a shared sacred space) and the relations between businessmen and politicians in India (with special reference to Gujaratis). 


Religion & Politics in India & Pakistan


Christophe Jaffrelot's most significant publications are:

The Pakistan Paradox. Unstability and Resilience, London, Hurst; New York, Oxford University Press; New Delhi, Random House, 2015

Armed Militias of South Asia, Co-editor with L. Gayer, London, Hurst, 2010

Co-editor with S. Kumar, Rise of the plebeians? The changing face of Indian legislative assemblies, New Delhi, Routledge, 2009

Co-editor with P. Van der Veer, Patterns of middle class consumption in China and India, New Delhi, Sage, 2008

Dr Ambedkar and untouchability. Analysing and fighting caste, London, Hurst, 2005

India’s Silent Revolution. The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India, London, Hurst, 2003

Editor, Pakistan, Nationalism without a Nation?, Delhi, Manohar, 2002

The Hindu nationalist movement and Indian politics, 1925 to the 1990s, London, Hurst 1999

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