The Precarious Diasporas of Sikh and Ahmadiyya Generations

Violence, Memory, and Agency

  • Michael Nijhawan

Part of the Religion and Global Migrations book series (RGM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael Nijhawan
    Pages 1-26
  3. Michael Nijhawan
    Pages 153-190
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 275-289

About this book


 This book examines the long-term effects of violence on the everyday cultural and religious practices of a younger generation of Ahmadis and Sikhs in Frankfurt, Germany and Toronto, Canada. Comparative in scope and the first to discuss contemporary articulations of Sikh and Ahmadiyya identities within a single frame of reference, the book assembles a significant range of empirical data gathered over ten years of ethnographic fieldwork. In its focus on precarious sites of identity formation, the volume engages with cutting-edge theories in the fields of critical diaspora studies, migration and refugee studies, religion, secularism, and politics. It presents a novel approach to the reading of Ahmadi and Sikh subjectivities in the current climate of anti-immigrant movements and suspicion against religious others. Michael Nijhawan also offers new insights into what animates emerging movements of the youth and their attempts to reclaim forms of the spiritual and political. 


diaspora diasporic Sikhism Ahmadiyya Intergenerational Transmission religious identities Lived religious practice Religion in the public Post 9/11 religious identities

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Nijhawan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyYork UniversityToronto, ONCanada

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