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Moushumi Shabnam

Moushumi Shabnam

Contact Information:

PhD Advisor:

Hans C. Buechler

Moushumi Shabnam

Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Department

Graduate Research Associate, South Asia Center

Graduate Student Dissertation Title

Emergence of "new" american Islam: anethograph research on first and second genertation Bangladesh Muslims living in Queens, NY in the post 9/11 era


Moushumi Shabnam is a cultural anthropology doctoral candidate working on South Asian diasporic Muslim community living in the U.S. Her research interests include American Islam, South Asian diaspora, social movements, migration, Muslim youth, religious revivalism, religious education movements, piety politics, identity politics, gender, transnationalism, urban anthropology, politics of fear and terror, and impact of time-place-and space. Her dissertation title is "American Islam: Ethnographic Understandings of Diasporic Bangladeshi Muslims and Their Piety Movements in New York City in the Post 9/11 Era." In her research. Moushumi investigates how the culture of fear and terror associated with Islamophobia impacted the lives of American Muslims and their religious practices. Her research findings highlight different religious-social movements that emerged as a result of the South Asian diasporic community in the post 9/11 U.S., which play a vital role in the formation of a new wave of “American Islam."