The papers in the volume by a galaxy of scholars like Bhikhu Parekh, T.K. Oommen, Aparna Rao, Lionel Caplan, Peter Kloos, Yunas Samad, K.S. Singh and Lee Schlesinger, deal with a wide range of theoretical and empirical themes and issues in the context of South Asia, including multicultural state, pluralism, shifting identities, ethnic violence, national identity, tribal autonomy, and the interface of religion and identity.
A.R. Momin has taught at the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai for more than three decades. He was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Sociology at Graz University, Austria in 2005 and 2008. He is at present Emeritus Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai.
An author of three books and over two dozen papers published in academic journals in India and abroad, Professor Momin’s current academic interests include sociological and anthropological theory, globalisation and national identity. He has also participated in conferences and seminars and delivered lectures at several universities in India and in the UK, USA, Germany, France, China, Russia, Spain, Austria, Turkey, Switzerland, Malaysia and Egypt. He has served on the committees of the University Grants Commission, Indian Council of Social Science Research and Anthropological Survey of India.