Date: Wednesday 26th June, 6pm
Venue: Cambridge Muslim College, 14 St. Paul’s Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EZ
Assam has witnessed turmoil and tension since the 1970’s owing to uncontrollable illegal migration and infiltration from East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, during their Liberation movement. Many authors in their works have attributed the Assam Agitation (1979-1985) to an invasion of a foreign language (Bengali) and an alien religion (Islam). Assam today is updating the National Register of Citizens, a process aimed at detecting, deleting (voting rights) and deporting of illegal immigrants. The presentation based on historical data and auto-ethnography will attempt to understand the politics of representation among the Muslims in Assam, based on ethnic identity, primarily among the Assamese speaking Muslims who call themselves ‘axomiya Muslim.’
Dr Rukshana Zaman (Phd) is the Charles Wallace Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast.
This is a free event and no registration is required.