Naheem writes on South Asian culture past and present. He is interested in exploring how the basic elements of social intelligence are transformed into an achieved cultural form. Whether it is the way Indian history-writing makes use of the past to challenge colonial rule, or the British state’s disciplinary formation of citizenship as it encounters cellular instances of resistance, he uses historical sociology to explain the functional paradox of power. He is currently exploring how Islamic ritual is adopted by subaltern groups in Pakistan in order to restore normality to spoilt group identity. .
PhD English (University of Birmingham) 2003
BA English (University of Birmingham) 1995
Naheem is Honorary Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the school of Government and Society. Since completing his AHRB funded doctorate for the English department on the uses of cultural nationalism by South Asian writers, he has convened and taught courses in Sociology, English and Cultural Studies.
Naheem is lecturing/teaching for the following courses in Sociology: first year modules, Social Worlds and the Sociological Imagination (SOC 102) and Social Divisions (SOC 101), as well exploring critiques of Development on a second year module, Global Societies (SOC 202).
Naheem’s research fits into the following academic fields:
South Asian History and Society
Peasant and Subaltern Studies
His interests include the following:
Islam and Securitisation
Religion and [neo]-Colonialism
Current research interests:
There are two research strands or lines of investigation that Naheem is pursuing at present, both of which assume the porous boundaries of the social realm in our globalised world: the first concerns the impact of the security state apparatus on subaltern groups in Pakistan and the second is about identifying the uses of secularism as a political doctrine by the British state. And as such, he is collecting material for a second monograph, The Daughters of Fatima – Islamic Ritual, Cosmopolitan Desires, Subaltern Formations as well as researching material for an article, ‘Islam, Secularism and the Panoptical state in Britain.’ Naheem is interested in looking at the way in which forms of 'embodied knowledge' sporadically feature as forms of resistance to the utilitarian norms of colonial modernity in South Asia.
Jabbar, N. (2009) Historiography and Writing Postcolonial India. London: Routledge.
Jabbar, N. 2012, ‘Formations of the Secular State and Islam in Britain Today', in Making Sense of the Secular: Critical Perspectives from Europe to Asia, ed. Ranjan Ghosh, New York: Routledge.
Jabbar, N. 2012, 'The Satanic Verses as Secular Transcendence', in Romancing Theory, Riding Interpretation - (In)fusion Approach, Salman Rushdie, ed. Ranjan Ghosh, New York: Peter Lang.
Jabbar, N. 2007, Book Review, Old Potions New Bottles – Recasting Indigenous Medicine in Colonial Punjab 1830 – 1945, K Sivaramakrishnan, in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17, 203 – 207
Refereed Journal Articles
Jabbar, N. 2012, 'Policing native pleasures: a colonial history', The British Journal of Sociology 63: 4, 704 ‒ 729, in press.
Jabbar, N. 2011, ‘B. R. Ambedkar’s challenge to the puranic past, Postcolonial Studies 14: 1, 23 – 43 http://tandfprod.literatumonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13688790.2011.542116
Jabbar, N. 2011, 'Symbology and Subaltern Resistance in Hīra Mandi Mohalla’, Interventions, 13: 1, 95 — 119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2011.545582
Jabbar, N. 2006, ‘Naipaul’s ‘India’: History and the myth of antiquity’, Textual Practice 20: 1, 99 – 120 http://tandfprod.literatumonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09502360600559803