Navras Jaat Aafreedi
I focus on Indo-Judaic Studies. I was awarded PhD in 2005 by the Department of Medieval & Modern Indian History, University of Lucknow for my thesis titled Indian Jewry and the Self-Professed Lost Tribes of Israel in India. My academic interests include studies of interfaith relations, mass violence, marginality, antisemitism and microscopic communities. I have given lectures in Australia, Austria, India, Israel, Switzerland, UK and USA, which have all been well received. Some of my publications have been translated into German, Spanish, French, Russian and Turkish. I am a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar on Holocaust and Genocide Education and was a delegate at the Australia India Youth Dialogue in 2014. I held the first ever Holocaust Films Retrospective in South Asia at the University of Lucknow and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow in 2009 as a Fellow of the Centre for Communication & Development Studies, Pune under its youth outreach programme, Open Space. In February 2012 I co-convened an international seminar on the Marginalised and the Excluded in Society at Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA and in May 2015 I co-convened an international multidisciplinary conference on Mass Violence and Memory at O P Jindal Global University, Sonipat. I sit on the editorial boards of the peer reviewed journals: Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies and The Social Ion, on the international advisory board of the Asian Jewish Life and the Jerusalem Press Club, and am referee to the Journal of Studies in History & Culture and the Journal of South Asian Studies. I have also served as External Examiner of MPhil dissertations of the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. I am currently co-authoring a book on Introducing Holocaust Studies in Indian Higher Education and editing a book on Indian Jewry and co-editing a book each on Holocaust Education and Narratives of Mass Violence. One can read more about me on https://sites.google.com/site/aafreedi/home Many of my publications can be accessed here: https://gbu.academia.edu/NAafreedi I can be followed on Twitter @Navras_Aafreedi
- BA Medieval & Modern Indian History, Ancient Indian History & Architecture, and English Literature (University of Lucknow, 2000)
- MA Medieval & Modern Indian History (University of Lucknow, 2002)
- PhD Medieval & Modern Indian History (University of Lucknow, 2005)
While studying the history of medieval and modern India, I was increasingly attracted towards the history of Jews; the vicissitudes of their struggle for survival; and their singular achievements despite seemingly insuperable difficulties. I realised that the history of Jews in India needed to be researched; and applied myself to the task with great enthusiasm. I hope to continue my study of Indian Jews and the World as a life-long vocation.
Research / Administrative Experience+
- Post-doctorate (History of the Jewish People), Graduate School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 2007 (Supported by a scholarship awarded by the Government of Israel)
- Post-doctorate (Jewish-Muslim Relations in South Asia), Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK, 2010 (Supported by a Visiting Fellowship awarded by the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK)
- Post-doctorate (Jews of Indian Origin in Australia), Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, University of Sydney, Australia (Supported by Endeavour Research Scholarship awarded by the Government of Australia), 2015
Teaching / Other Experience+
The courses I teach belong to the diverse fields of Indian/South Asian History, Jewish History, Mass Violence/Genocide Studies and Minority Studies.
Post Graduate Supervision+
I am currently supervising three MA dissertations:
- Jewish-Muslim Relations in Kolkata
- Socio-Cultural and Historical Profile of the Jews of Kolkata
- Militant Insurgency in Kashmir
- Member of the European Association for South Asian Studies
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies (a peer reviewed journal jointly published by Florida International University and the University of Saskatchewan)
- Member of the International Advisory Board of Asian Jewish Life (Hong Kong)
- Honorary Executive Director of the Youth Outreach Programme of the Society for Social Regeneration & Equity (SSRE)
Jews, Judaizing Movements and the Traditions of Israelite Descent in South Asia, Pragati Publications, New Delhi, 2016.
Indian Jewry and the Self Professed 'Lost Tribes of Israel' in India, Bene Israel Heritage Museum and Genealogical Research Centre, Mumbai, 2006 (CD-ROM).
GUEST EDITED SPECIAL ISSUES OF JOURNALS:
Jewish-Muslim Relations in South Asia, Cafe Dissensus, Issue 21, January 2016.
Indian Jewry, Cafe Dissensus, Issue 12, December 2014.
PAPERS IN EDITED VOLUMES:
“Between Indianness and Jewishness: The Ambivalence of Indian Jews as Reflected in Literature, Cinema and Art” in Priya Singh et al, ed., Beyond Strategies: Cultural Dynamics in Asian Connections, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, in association with KW Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, 2014 (ISBN 978-93-83649-04-4), pp. 69-84
“The Impact of Domestic Politics on India’s Attitudes towards Israel and Jews”, in Priya Singh and Susmita Bhattacharya, eds., Perspectives on West Asia: The Evolving Geopolitical Discourses, Shipra Publications, India, 2012 (ISBN: 9788175416376), pp. 171-183.
“The Jews of Bollywood: How Jews Established the World’s Largest Film Industry”, Asian Jewish Life (ISSN 2224-3011), Issue 17, March 2016, pp. 20-25.
“Tagore’s Association with Jews”, Café Dissensus (ISSN 2373-177X), Issue 19, October 17, 2015 [http://cafedissensus.com/2015/10/17/tagores-association-with-jews/]
“Claimants of Israelite Descent in South Asia”, Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies [ISSN 1206-9330], No. 14, 2014, pp. 97-111.
“European Association for South Asian Studies: Panel on Jews at its 23rd Conference for the First Time in its History”, Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies [ISSN 1206-9330], No. 14, 2014, pp. 147-150.
“Jewish-Muslim Relations in South Asia: Where antipathy lives without Jews”, Asian Jewish Life (ISSN 2224-3011), Issue 15, October 2014, pp. 13-16. [http://www.asianjewishlife.org/pages/articles/AJL_Issue_15_Oct2014/AJL_Issue15_Feature_Jewish-Muslim-Relations-South-Asia.html]
“The Attitudes of Lucknow’s Muslims towards Jews, Israel and Zionism”, Café Dissensus (ISSN 2373-177X), Issue 7, April 15, 2014 [http://cafedissensus.com/2014/04/15/the-attitudes-of-lucknows-muslims-towards-jews-israel-and-zionism/]
"The Paradox of the Popularity of Hitler in India”, Asian Jewish Life (ISSN 2224-3011), Issue 14, April 2014 pp. 14-16. [http://asianjewishlife.org/images/issues/Issue14-April2014/PDFs/Feature-Hilter-in-India.pdf]
“Community and Belonging in Indian Jewish Literature”, Himal Southasian (ISSN 1012-9804), May 2014 [http://himalmag.com/indian-jewish-literature/?currentPage=all]
“Das Geheimnis names Sarmad", Sudasien, 33. Jahrgang, Nr. 1/2013 (ISSN 0933-5196) (German), 2013, pp. 85-87
“The First Ever Holocaust Films Retrospective in South Asia”, Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies [ISSN 1206-9330], Vol. XI, 2010
“Absence of Jewish Studies in India: Creating a New Awareness”, Asian Jewish Life, Autumn 2010, pp. 31-34 [http://asianjewishlife.org/pages/articles/autumn2010/AJL_Feature_Absence_of.html]
“Traditions of Israelite Descent Among Certain Muslim Groups in South Asia”, Shofar – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies [ISSN 0882-8539] (Purdue University publication), Vol. 28, No. 1, 2009, pp. 1-14 [http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/shofar/v028/28.1.aafreedi.pdf]
One can access a number of my publications on Academia.edu.