Dr. Sufiya Pathan (profile)

Dr. Sufiya Pathan is a member of the research programme, Comparative Science of Cultures, developed by S.N. Balagangadhara, which seeks to investigate cultural difference and the problems generated thereby. She has a PhD from the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bengaluru (affiliated to Manipal University), and a Post-doc from the Department of Religious Studies, University of Pardubice (Czech Republic), with a European Union fellowship. She has previously held teaching positions at Sophia College for Women (Mumbai), UWC Mahindra College (Paud), Wilson College (Mumbai) and others.

Her research focuses on how India was understood in colonial writings and the contemporary impact of that understanding. Her specific interest lies in the areas of communalism and caste.


Select Publications:



  1. Western Foundations of the Caste System. (Co-edited with Martin Farek, Dunkin Jalki and Prakash Shah), Palgrave, London.

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books:

  • “Why Communalism is an Indian problem: The Relationship between Communalism and Hinduism in Colonial Discourse.” In Critical Humanities from India: Contexts, Issues, Futures (New York: Routledge 2018)
  • “Are There Caste Atrocities in India? What the Data Can and Cannot Tell Us.” In Western Foundations of the Caste System, 57–84. (Co-authored with Dunkin Jalki)
  • “Introduction: Caste Studies and the Apocryphal Elephant.” In Western Foundations of the Caste System, 1-30. (Co-authored with Martin Farek and others).
  • “On the Difficulty of Refuting or Confirming the Arguments about Caste System”, co-authored with Dunkin Jalki, Theatrum Historiae 17, 2015, pp. 37-61
  • “When Communalism is not Religious Antagonism: The Hidden Assumptions in the Colonial Conception of Communalism”, Journal of Contemporary Thought, No. 41, Summer 2015, pp. 117-135
  • “Re-examining Communalism” in Pragmata: Journal of Human Sciences, Vol. 2. Issue 2, June 2014, pp. 77-84 (http://journal.tumkuruniversity.ac.in/)
  • “Re-examining Communalism” translated into Kannada and published in a book anthology, Sampreethi, June 2010

Current Projects:

  • Jean Monnet Modules project, under the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, for the period 2017-20 (three years). The project title: “India-Europe Relations and Diversity Management”.
  • A British Academy project, under their “Tackling the UK’s International Challenges 2017” scheme, for the period 2018-2019. The project title: “Designed to fail? Foundations of the laws on caste in India, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United Nations.”



Room: #23, CIRHS, III Floor, SDM PG College, Ujire 574240, India

E-mail: SufiyaPathan@sdmcujire.in