From Hindu-Christian Contexts to Muslim-Christian Solidarities: Transreligious Activism and the Secular Servants of God (Khudai Khidmatgar)

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Timothy S. Dobe

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Studies of Indian Christianity have historically focused on relationships with Hinduism. While such a focus is understandable given the importance of Hindu traditions in South Asia and the scheduled caste backgrounds of the majority of Indian Christian converts, it also risks reinforcing several problematic assumptions encoded in the very categories “Indian,” “Hindu” and “Christian.” In contrast, this paper focuses on emergent forms of solidarity between Indian Christians and Muslims—and others—through interviews with members and close affiliates of Khudai Khidmatgar, an organization founded by the activist Faisal Khan in 2011. I argue that the presence and perspectives of Indian Christians in the group reveal that the group’s methods, ethical commitments, and motivations are strikingly similar to what Nathaniel Roberts has characterized as the “foreignness of belonging”, and point ultimately to a transreligious politics of care.

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Dobe, T. (2019). From Hindu-Christian Contexts to Muslim-Christian Solidarities: Transreligious Activism and the Secular Servants of God (Khudai Khidmatgar). International Journal for Indian Studies, 4(2), 119-141. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/Nidan/article/view/1460
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Timothy S. Dobe, Grinnell College



dobetimo@grinnell.edu