Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi's CV

Researcher in Indo-Judaic Studies & Jewish-Muslim Relations Activist

Positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, Presidency University, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India
  • Associate Editor, refereed journal The Social Ion (ISSN 2319-3581)
  • Honorary Executive Director of the Youth Outreach Programme of the Society for Social Regeneration & Equity (SSRE) (Registration Number: 1551-2013-2014)

Member:

Year of Birth

1978

Languages Known

Hindi, Urdu, English and Elementary Hebrew

Education 

Additional

2004, March 8-17: Sucessfully attended the Indian Council of Social Scientific Research (ICSSR) sponsored training programme on Methodology and Project Formulation at the Department of Public Administration, University of Lucknow

1997, July-December: Course in Urdu from the Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy Coaching School, Lucknow 

Awards & Scholarships

2015 August - December: Endeavour Research Fellowship (awarded by the Government of Australia), School of Languages & Cultures, University of Sydney, Australia

2014:
Grant sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University Priority Research Programme Asia and Europe, awarded by the Science Committee of the 23rd European Conference of South Asian Studies, as assistance for attending the conference at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, from July 23 to 26, 2014.

2014:
Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship for attending the Salzburg Global Seminar’s symposium (Session 535), “Holocaust and Genocide Education: Sharing Experience Across Borders”, at Schloss Leopoldskron, Austria, from June 21 to 26


2013 October-November:
Visiting Fellowship, Institute of Asian Studies, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2013: SPME (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) Fellowship to support the presentation of a research paper at an International Symposium on Religion Journalism at Griffith University Multi-Faith Centre, Australia

2013 February: Visiting Scholarship, School of Languages & Cultures, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia

2010-2011: Government of Israel Scholarship for Post-Doctoral Research at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Could not accept.)
 

2006-2007: Government of Israel scholarship for Post-Doctoral Research in the subject History of the Jewish People at the Graduate School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel

2006-2008: Centre for Judaic & Inter-Religious Studies, Shandong University, China scholarship for D.Litt.  in Judaic Studies (Could not accept.) 

Involvement in International Research Projects

2004, November-December and 2005, February-August

Representation of Jews, Zionism and Israel in Pakistani and Indian Muslim Discourse (Arts & Humanities Research Board, UK funded project) - Worked on an assignment for Prof. Tudor V. Parfitt, Chairman of the Centre for Jewish Studies, SOAS, University of London, and Dr. S. C. Yesudian-Storfjell, Research Assistant, Department of Near & MIddle East, SOAS, University of London.

2002, November

DNA Sampling of the Afridi Pathans/Pashtuns/Pakhtuns of Malihabad, Lucknow district, Uttar Pradesh, India - Teamed up with Prof. Tudor V. Parfit and Dr. Yulia Egorova (London University), and collected DNA samples of fifty paternally unrelated Afridi Pathans/Pashtuns/Pakhtuns in Malihabad to confirm their putative Israelite descent, thus initiating the first ever genetic research on any Pathan/Pashtun/Pakhtun tribe in history.

Participation in Seminars, Conferences, Symposia and Workshops

2014

December 16-18: International Interdisciplinary Trilingual Conference on Language, Culture and Values: East and West, The Centre of Arabic and African Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

October 13:
Roundtable International Conference on the Jews of India, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, India

July 23-26 July:
Twenty-third conference of the European Association of South Asian Studies at the University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

June 22-26 June 21-26: Salzburg Global Seminar's Third Symposium on Holocaust Education & Genocide Prevention
, Schloss Leopolodskron, Salzburg, Austria

2013

December 9-10: Brandeis-Jindal Workshop on Israel Studies, Jindal School of International Affairs, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India, in collaboration with Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, United States

October 30-31: International Symposium on Religion Journalism, Multi Faith Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

October 23-25: International Conference, "Folklore: Reinventing Past through Folk Traditions", Centre of Russian Studies, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

September 16-20:
International Educator Institute, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, United States

April 12:
Jindal Global University and Middle East Institute Joint Seminar on "Israel: Perspectives on a State in Transition", O P Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India

March 13-14:
International Seminar on "Beyond Strategies: Cultural Dynamics in Asian Connections", Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India

February 10-11: Australian Association for Jewish Studies' 25th Annual International Conference on "Jewish Languages, Jewish Cultures: The Shaping of Jewish Civilization", University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
 
January 28-30: International Interdisciplinary Conference on "Hebrew Language & Culture: Reception, Self-Conception and Intercultural Relations", Centre for Arabic and African Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India


2012


November 3:
9th Annual National Conference of the Rajasthan Association for Studies in English on "The Experience of British Rule in Modern India as Reflected in Contemporary Life and Literature", Jaipur National University, Jaipur, India

October 7 - 8:
Twenty-third Uttar Pradesh History Congress, MJP Rohillakhand University, Bareilly, India

September 28 -29:
National Seminar titled "Revisiting Tagore: Issues and Vision", Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Lucknow, India

September 7 - 9:
International Conference on "Introspections on Buddhist Traditions", School of Buddhist Studies and Civilization, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India

August 30 - September 1: National Seminar on Folk Narrative, Centre for Comparative Study of Indian Languages and Literature, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

June 19 - 21: Israeli Presidential Conference, Jerusalem, Israel

June, 18 - 21: Eighth International Conference on Holocaust Education, The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel


March 31 - April 1:
University Grants Commission sponsored National Seminar on "Understanding Contemporary India and the World", Centre for Nehru Studies, Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

March 23-24:
Worked as a Member of the Organising Committee of the National Conference on Writings from the Margins, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India

February 7:
Co-convened an International Seminar on "The Marginalised and the Excluded in Society", School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India

January 6 - 8:
14th International Conference on Maharashtra: Society and Culture, Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai (Co-sponsored by the Indian Council for Social Scientific Research, New Delhi), Mumbai, India

2011

January 18 & 19:
International Seminar "Perspectives on West Asia: Its Evolution as an Area of Study in the Changing Geopolitical Discourses", Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India

2010
 
June 23 & 24: "Enmity and Amity: A Workshop Exploring Relational Life in South Asia", Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
 
 
2009
 
March 18: Seminar on the great Orientalist of Lucknow Allama Mufti Mohammad Shostari, on the occassion of his 200th Birth Anniversary, organised by the Department of Oriental Studies in Arabic and Persian, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India

February 10-12: Seminar on Transforming Gender Relations: Redifining Masculinity, Education & Agricultural Interventions, organized by Saajhi Duniya and sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosphical Research in collaboration with Oxfam in Lucknow, India

2008
 
September 30: Seminar on Multi-Culturalism and Politics of Representation, jointly organised by the University Grants Commission Academic Staff College and the Department of Philosophy, University of Lucknow, India

January 28: Limmud - A community Day of Learning, Agency for Jewish Education, La Jolla, California, U.S.A.

2007
 
October 27: Midwest Jewish Studies Association 19th Annual Conference, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.
 
2005
 
August 30: International Seminar on Indo-Japan Socio-Economic and Cultural Relations, organised by the Hindi-Urdu Sahitya Award Committee in Lucknow, India

March 19-20: National Seminar on India's Development Concerns, organised by the Institute for Applied Research and Development, Lucknow, India



Major Publication

2006, The Indian Jewry and the Self-Professed 'Lost Tribes of Israel' in India, The Bene Israel Heritage Museum and Genealogical Research Centre, Mumbai [e-book/CD-Rom]

"Believed to be the first book to combine the study of the Lost Tribes of Israel in India with that of the Indian Jews, and a rare major work by a non-Jew on the subject of the Lost Tribes of Israel." - The Jerusalem Post (Online Edition), December 17, 2006

Edited Volume

2015, A special issue, titled "The Indian Jewry" of the online journal Cafe Dissensus [ISSN 2373-177X] (Issue 12: January)

Forthcoming Monographs

One each in Hindi and Urdu on Indo-Judaic Studies

Articles and Papers

2015

“Estudiantes de la India interpretan una histórica obra de teatro sobre el Holocausto”, Unidos con Israel, January 21 (Spanish)

"Indian Students put on First-Ever Play on Holocaust", United with Israel, January 20

"First known Hindi play on Holocaust presented", San Diego Jewish World, January 16



2014

"Claimants of Israelite Descent in South Asia", The Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies (ISSN 1206-9330), Number 14, November 2014

"Jewish-Muslim Relations in South Asia: Where antipathy lives without Jews", Asian Jewish Life
(ISSN 2224-3011), Issue 15, October, pp. 13-16

"Chutzpah comes to Bollywood", The Pioneer, October 13

"Jews becoming subjects of interest in Indian fiction", San Diego Jewish World, May 14

"Community and Belonging in Indian Jewish Literature", Himal Southasian
(ISSN 1012-9804), May 12

"The Attitudes of Lucknow's Muslims towards Jews, Israel and Zionism", Cafe Dissensus, Issue 7, April 15

"The Paradox of the Popularity of Hitler in India", Asian Jewish Life
(ISSN 2224-3011), Issue 14, April, pp. 14-16

"Some Pakistan media seek inter-faith peace", The Peace Journalist (A publication of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, USA), Vol 3, No 1, April

"Between
Indianness and Jewishness: The Ambivalence of Indian Jews as Reflected in Literature, Cinema and Art" in Singh, Priya, et al (ed.), Beyond Strategies: Cultural Dynamics in Asian Connections, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies in association with KW Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, 2014
, pp. 69-84 [ISBN 978-93-83649-04-4]

2013

"Press as a tool for achieving Interfaith Peace and Reconciliation: The Case of Weekly Press Pakistan", Weekly Press Pakistan, December 28, 2013

"The Need for the Strengthening of Indo-Israel Academic Ties Strongly Felt", Weekly Press Pakistan, December 20

"Weekly Press Pakistan commended for its efforts for Peace", Weekly Press Pakistan, November 10

"Jewish and Muslim Folklores take Centre Stage at an International Conference in India", Weekly Press Pakistan, November 10

"International Educator Institute held at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum", Weekly Press Pakistan, October 8

"Meri Pahchaan hai Kal ke Aasaar mein" (The Tradition of the Israelite Origin of Pathans), Weekly Press Pakistan, July 14 [Urdu]

"My Endeavour to Combat Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial", Weekly Press Pakistan, June 24

"The First Ever Novel by a Baghdadi Jew from India on her Community", Weekly Press Pakistan, June 19
  • "First Novel Ever by a Baghdadi Jew from India about her community",The Democrate, August 17, Battalion of Deborah, August 15, Your Jewish News, August 16
  • "First Novel Released by Baghdadi Jewish Author about Community", J Space, August 15
  • Spanish Translations: "Historia de la Comunidad Judia de Calcutta", Cidipal, August 20 and "Primera novela de un judio de Baghdad sobre su comunidad en la India", Periodico Indopublico, August 19

"Jewish Studies on the rise in India", Yedioth Ahronoth, June 11

'A Christian and a Muslim from Australia emerge as Ambassadors for Peace", Weekly Press Pakistan, June 11

"A Muslim's unceasing search for his Jewish mother":

"The Jewish Beauty Queens of India":
  • "History of India's Jewish Beauty Queens", Yedioth Ahronoth, August 3
  • "Several Miss India Winners were Jewish", San Diego Jewish World, June 25
  • "The Life and Times of the Jewish Beauty Queens of India", The Algemeiner, June 26; Jews News, June 25
  • "The Life and Times of India's Jewish Beauty Pageant Winners", J Space, June 25
  • Russian Translation: "Еврейки - королевы красоты Индии: от первой Miss India до наших дней", NewsRu, June 26

"Hindi novel portrays life of Indian Jews", Yedioth Ahronoth, May 23

"Two recently held seminars in India bring Jewish and Israel Studies into sharp focus", Weekly Press Pakistan, May 7

"An Inter-Religions Event held in Hong Kong", Weekly Press Pakistan, May 7

"Oy vey for Bollywood" :

"The Rise and Fall of Jews in Bollywood", Weekly Press Pakistan, April 6

"Das Geheimnis names Sarmad", Sudasien, 33. Jahrgang, Nr. 1/2013 (ISSN 0933-5196), pp. 85-87 (German)

"First Novel in Hindi on Indian Jews Appears after 52 Years", Baltimore Jewish News, April 4

"Erster Roman uber indische Juden in Hindi erschienen", Israel Nachrichten, April 4 (German)

"Hindi's second novel on Indian Jews appears after fifty-two years, written by its only Jewish writer", Weekly Press Pakistan, March 22

"Muslims host First Ever Hebrew conference held in South Asia"/"First Ever Hebrew Conference held in South Asia"/"First Ever Hebrew Conference held in New Delhi, India"


"A Conference on Hebrew for the first time ever in South Asia", Weekly Press Pakistan, February 2

2012

"Jews in Lucknow", The Lucknow Tribune, December 15

"Pakistani Students stage a play on the "Lost Jews of Karachi"/ "Pakistan's Karachi Jewish Community Remembered in a Local Play"/ "Pakistani students stage The Lost Jews of Karachi"

"The Lost Jews of Karachi" - A Stage Play by Pakistani Students, Weekly Press Pakistan, October 29

"Bravely Defiant Indian Academic organizes an Israeli Concert in Memory of Daniel Pearl", Weekly Press Pakistan, October 20

"The Impact of Domestic Politics on India's Attitudes towards Israel and Jews", in Priya Singh and Susmita Bhattacharya, eds., Perspectives on West Asia: The Evolving Geopolitical Discourses, Shipra Publications, India, 2012 (ISBN: 9788175416376)

2011

"Jewish Contribution to National Integration", Fellowship (Half Yearly Journal of the Commission for Religious Harmony, CBCI, New Delhi), Vol. 19, July

"The Cultural and Educational Relations between India and Israel", FPRC (Foreign Policy Research Centre) Journal, No. 5, 2011

2010

"The First Ever Holocaust Films Retrospective in South Asia", Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, ISSN 1206-9330, Vol. XI, 2000

"Absence of Jewish Studies in India: Creating a New Awareness", Asian Jewish Life, Autumn (ISSN 2224-3011)

"The Indian Jews: Their Relations with Muslims and their Marginalisation", Perspectives (Woolf Institute, Cambridge periodical), Winter 2010-2011, p. 30

2009

"Traditions of Israelite Descent Among Certain Muslim Groups in South Asia", Shofar (Purdue University's Jewish Studies journal), ISSN 0882-8539, Vol. 28, No. 1

2008

"Indian scholar barnstormed U.S. trying to establish Jewish Studies in India", San Diego Jewish World, Volume 2, Number 290, December 7

"A Non-Jew dreams of bringing Jewish Studies to India", Kulanu, Vol. 15, No. 3, Autumn

"Medieval Persian References to the Israelite Origin of Afridi Pashtuns/Pathans", Israel e News, August 29 

"An Indian Jewish POW in Pakistan", Arutz Sheva, July 23, and Israel e News, August 4

2007

"Indians with Biblical Roots," Desi Critics, Think Israel and Israel e-News

2006 

"The Jewish Interest in the Afridi Pathans of Malihabad," Azad Academy Journal (ISSN 2248-9835) XXII, 5

"The Afridi Pathans," Azad Academy Journal (ISSN 2248-9835) XXII, 4

"Navras," Azad Academy Journal (ISSN 2248-9835) XXII, 1

2005

"Majestic Malihabad: A Land of Legends," Azad Academy Journal XXI, 8

"Jews in Lucknow," Azad Academy Journal (ISSN 2248-9835) XXI, 6

2004

"The Role of Afridi Pathans in India's Struggle for Freedom," Azad Academy Journal (ISSN 2248-9835) XX, 7

"India's Esther David: A Sculptor, Painter and Writer" [Urdu]:

"A Travelogue of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) highlighting the metro's Jewish facet" [Urdu]:

"A Muslim Urdu Poet's Search for His Jewish Actor Mother," Imkan III, 2:1 March-April (RNI No - URD-2001/5492) [Urdu]

"Jews in Indian Cinema," [Urdu]

2003

"India's Jewish Literature" [Urdu]

Translation of Etgar Keret's short-story "Breaking the Pig," Imkan II, 10: October (RNI No - URD-2001/5492) [Urdu]

"Shalom Lucknow! Tracing Lucknow's Jewish Connection," Lucknow Times, The Times of India, September 10

"An Overview of Modern Hebrew Literature," [Urdu]

"Nissim Ezekiel: Father of India's Modern English Poetry," [Urdu]

"The Role of Afridi Pathans in India's Strugle for Freedom," Imkan II, 7: July (RNI No - URD-2001/5492) [Urdu]

"Sarmad: A Unique Character" [Urdu]:

"Sarmad: The Jewish Sufi," Azad Academy Journal (ISSN 2248-9835) XIX, 5

"First Muslim President of India Dr. Zakir Husain's Jewish Girlfriend," [Urdu]:

"Malihabad: An Oasis of Poets," Azad Academy Journal (ISSN 2248-9835) XIX, 3

"The Putative Israelite Background of the Great Urdu Poet Josh Malihabadi," Imkan II, 2: February (RNI No - URD-2001/5492) [Urdu]

2002 

"Malihabad's Israeli Connection," Lucknow Times, The Times of India, November 14

1995 

"Denmark," Manas Mail, July 7-13 [Hindi]

"Iran," Manas Mail, July 17-23 [Hindi]

"I Dream of United India (Parts I, II and III)," Society for Applied Creativity (SAC) Newsletter, April, May and June respectively

1994 

"A Glimpse of Kuwait," Jamshed Times, December 3-9 [Hindi]

"Navras: My Namesake," Jamshed Times, October 31 - November 6 [Hindi]

"War: A Catastrophe," Jamshed Times, October 29 - November 4 [Hindi]

The Idea of India's Reunification," Jamshed Times, October 22 -29 [Hindi]

Forthcoming Papers


"Claimants of Israelite Descent in South Asia", Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, 2014

"Jewish-Muslim Relations in South Asia", in Arvind Sharma, ed., Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Springer, 2016

"The Traditions of Israelite Origins of Certain Pathan/Pashtun Tribes and the Jewish and Muslim Responses", in Arvind Sharma, ed., Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Springer, 2016

Invited Lectures and Presentations at Conferences, Seminars and Symposia

2014

December 16: "Language, Culture and Values: The Conflict of East and West within the Baghdadi Jewish Community of India", International Interdisciplinary Trilingual Conference on Language, Culture and Values: East and West, The Centre of Arabic and African Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

October 13:
"Jews as they come across in their literature", Rountable International Conference on the Jews of India, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, India

July 25:
"Reciprocal (Mis-)Apprehensions: Jews on Non-Jews and Non-Jews on Jews in Indian Fiction", at the 23rd European Conference of South Asian Studies, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

February 28:
"Indian Architecture Under Different Periods", Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission of India, New Delhi, India

February 26: "Religion in India", Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planing Commission of India, New Delhi, India

February 25: "The Indian National Movement and the Role of Mahatma Gandhi", Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planing Commission of India, New Delhi, India

February 24: "Synoptic View of Indian Heritage", Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission of India, New Delhi, India


2013

December 10: "Indian Jewish Literature at a Glance", in a panel titled, Jewish LIterature in India and Indo-Israeli Dialogues, at Brandeis-Jindal Workshop on Israel Studies at Jindal School of International Affairs, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India, in collaboration with Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, United States

October 31: "Press as a Tool for Achieving Interfaith Peace and Reconciliation: The Case of Weekly Press Pakistan", Two-day International Symposium on Religion Journalism, Multi Faith Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

October 28: "India's Varied Jewish Connections", Gold Coast Hebrew Congregation, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

October 25: "A Glance at the Indian Jewish Folklore", Three-day-International Conference on Folklore: Reinventing Past through Folk Traditions", Centre of Russian Studies, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

May 4: "The Tradition of the Israelite Origin of Pashtuns/Pathans", lecture given to a group of American Jewish students of Kivunim Academic Programme on a Study Tour of India, under the auspices of International Visitor Centre, at Vivanta by Taj Ambassador, New Delhi, India

April 12: "Israel as it figures in Indian Jewish Literature", O. P. Jindal Global University and Middle East Institute Joint Seminar on Israel: Perspectives on a State in Transition", O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India

March 30: "The Significance of Sheela Rohekar as the only Jewish Novelist in Hindi Today" under the auspices of the Lucknow Book Club at the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lucknow, India

March 13: "Between Indianness and Jewishness: The Ambivalence of Indian Jews as reflected in Literature, Cinema and Art", International Seminar on "Beyond Strategies: Cultural Dynamics in Asian Connections", Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India

February 23: "The Indian Jews and their Contribution to Art and Letters in India", Institute of Asian Studies, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

February 21: "South Asian Muslim Attitudes towards Israel, Jews and Zionism", University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld., Australia

February 20: "Muslim-Jewish Relations in South Asia", Institute of Asian Studies, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

February 19: "South Asian Muslim Attitudes towards Israel, Jews and Zionism", Mutli Faith Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

February 18: "Jewish Contributions to Indian Cinema & Literature", National Council of the Jewish Women of Australia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
 
February 15: "India, Islam and Israel in the Twenty-first Century", Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), Sydney, NSW, Australia
 
February 13: "The Tradition of the Israelite Origin of Pathans/Pashtuns", Sephardi Synagogue, Sydney, NSW, Australia

February 13: "South Asian Muslim Attitudes towards Jews, Israel and Zionism", Lecture Series Encounters, Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
 
February 12: "Jews in Bollywood: The Jewish Contributions to Indian Cinema & Literature", Mandelbaum House, University of Sydney, Sydney,NSW,  Australia

February 12: "The Paradox of the Absence of Anti-Semitism and the Popularity of Hitler in India", Lecture Series Network, Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Nsw, Australia

February 10: "The Indian Muslim Involvement with the Hebrew Language", Australian Association for Jewish Studies' 25th Annual Conference on "Jewish Languages, Jewish Cultures: The Shaping of Jewish Civilization", University of Sydney, Sydney Australia, Venue: Sydney Jewish Museum, Sydney, Australia

January 30: "Hebrew and the Jewish Literature and Culture in India", International Conference on "Hebrew Language & Culture: Reception, Self-Conception and Intercultural Relations", Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

2012
 
November 24: "The Impact of the Arab-Israel Conflict on South Asian Muslim Attitudes towards Jews and How it Influences the Foreign Policy in South Asia", O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat, India

November 3:
"The Evolution of the Indian Jewish Identity under the British", 9th Annual Conference of the Rajasthan Association for Studies in English on "The Experience of British Rule in Modern India as Reflected in Contemporary Life and Literature", Jaipur National University, Jaipur, India

October 8:
"The Jewish Rulers of India", Twenty-third Uttar Pradesh History Congress, Bareilly, India

September 8:
"The Jewish Engagement with Buddhism", International Conference on Introspections on Buddhist Traditions, School of Buddhist Studies and Civilization, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India

September 1: Spoke on the Art of Story Telling as the Keynote Speaker and presented the paper titled "An Overview of the Indian Jewish Folklore" at the  National Conference on Folk Narrative, Centre for Comparative Study of Indian Languages and Literature, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

July 2: "The Paradox of the Absence of Anti-Semitism and the Popularity of Hitler in India", Indian Jewish Heritage Centre, Haifa
, Israel

July 1:
"The Promotion of Jewish Studies in India", The Israel Center (Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center), Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Root & Branch Association, Israel

June 28: "India's Varied Jewish Connections", Embassy of India, Tel Aviv, under the auspices of the Indian Jewish Heritage Center, Netanya, Israel


June 18 - 21:
"How to educate Indians about the Final Solution and Check Hitler's Alarmingly Growing Popularity Among Them", Eighth International Conference on Holocaust Education, The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel [Workshop](Forthcoming)

June 14: "The Rising Popularity of Hitler in India", Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel

May 5: "The Traditions of the Israelite Descent of Certain Pathan Tribes",  lecture given to a group of American Jewish students of Kivunim Academic Programme on a Study Tour of India, under the auspices of International Visitor Centre, at Judah Hyam Hall, New Delhi, India

April 1:
"The Alarmingly Rising Popularity of Hitler among the Youth and its Implications for Religious Minorities in India", University Grants Commission (UGC) sponsored national seminar on "Understanding Contemporary India and the World", Centre for Nehru Studies, Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

March 24:
"An Overview of India's Jewish Literature", National Conference on Writings from the Margins, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India

February 7:
"The Marginalisation of Indian Jews", International Conference on "The Marginalised and the Excluded in Society", School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India

January 7: "History & Activities of Marathi Jews Across the World", Three-Day-14th International Conference on Maharashtra: Society and Culture, Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai (Co-Sponsored by the Indian Council for Social Scientific Research, New Delhi), India

2011

February 2: "Muslim-Jewish Relations in South Asia", Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India

January 18: "The Impact of Domestic Politics on India's Attitudes towards Israel and Jews", Two-Day-International-Seminar - Perspectives on West Asia: Its Evolution as an Area of Study in the Changing Geopolitical Discourses, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India

2010

June 26: "Marginalisation of the Jews of India", as part of a panel on the Jews of India, with Professor Julius Lipner, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University; Naomi Gryn, documentary-filmmaker; and Trisha Kessler, Interfaith Project Manager, Woolf Institute, at the Woolf Institute Alumni Reunion, UK

June 17: Led a Certificate Class for the students of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR), Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK

June 15: "Muslim-Jewish Relations in South Asia", Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR), Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK

June 1: "Jews of South Asia and their Relations with Muslims", Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations (CMJR), Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK

2008

September 30: "Jews and Judaism in Indian Politics and Discourse", Seminar on Multiculturalism and Politics of Representation, jointly organised by the University Grants Commission Academic Staff College and the Department of Philosophy, University of Lucknow, India

June 12: "An Intoduction to Indo-Judaica", Academy of Mass Communication, Lucknow, India

January 27: "Jewish Contributions to Indian Cinema", Limmud - A Community Day of Learning, Agency for Jewish Education, San Diego, California, USA

January 26: "Hidden Jews of Pashtun India", Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, California, USA

2007

December 15: "Jews, Judaising Movements and the Non-Jewish Claimants of Israelite Descent in India", Mickve Israel, Savannah, Georgia, USA

December 14: "The Theory of the Israelite Origin of Afridi Pashtuns/Pathans", Mickve Israel, Savannah, Georgia, USA

November 19: "Jewish Contributions to Indian Cinema", Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

October 21: "Traditions of Israelite Descent Among Certain Muslim Groups in India", The MIdwest Jewish Studies Association 19th Annual Conference in Evanston, Illinois, USA

June 18: "Jewish-Muslim Relations in India", The Israel Center (Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center), Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Root & Branch Association, Israel

March 22: "A Cultural Profile of Indian Jews", Department of East Asian Studies, Haifa University, Israel

February 22: "Jewish Contributions to Indian Culture", The Israel Center (Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center), Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Root & Branch Association, Israel
 
2006

December 20: "The Putative Israelite Origin of Afridi Pathans", The Israel Center (Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center), Jerusalem, under the auspices of the Root & Branch Association, Israel

November 26: "Jews in Indian Culture", The Graduate School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel 

October 10: "The Muslim Claimants of Israelite Descent in India", Maulana Azad Memorial Academy, Lucknow, India

Forthcoming

2015

October 9: "India's Varied Jewish Connections", Australian Jewish Historical Society, ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Branch, Canberra, Australia

October 10: "Indian Jews in Israel", Australian Jewish Historical Society, ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Branch, Canberra, Australia

October 10: "India's Response to the Holocaust", Australian Jewish Historical Society, ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Branch, Canberra, Australia

October 11: "Jewish Contributions to Indian Cinema", Australian Jewish Historical Society, ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Branch, Canberra, Australia

November 20: Lecture (topic to be decided) under the auspices of Union for Progressive Judaism, Sydney, Australia

December 3 and 4: "The History & Structure of Indian Jewry", Leadership Development Programme, Australian Union of Jewish Students, Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

December 15: "Jewish-Muslim Relations in South Asia", Centre for Ageing, Sydney, NSW, Australia

December 22: "The Indian Jewish Communities", Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home, Randwick, NSW, Australia


Postgraduate Courses Taught
  1. Historiography, Concepts and Research Techniques (2 credits)
  2. Studies in Historical Enquiry  (4 credits)
  3. Cross-Cultural & International Understanding (4 credits)
  4. War & Peace in West Asia (3 credits)
  5. Buddhism & Civilizational Harmony (2 credits)
  6. Global Terrorism (3 credits)
  7. Indian Foreign Policy (4 credits)
  8. Foreign Policies of Major Powers (4 credits)
  9. Contemporary International Relations (4 credits)
  10. Global Peace & Disarmament (3 credits)
  11. Global Peace, Security and Development (3 credits)
  12. Governance, Politics and Development (4 credits)
  13. History of Journalism & Broadcasting in India (4 credits)
  14. Research Methodology (4 credits)
  15. International Governance (3 credits)
  16. Demography & Development (4 credits)
  17. Development in India: Debate and Trends (4 credits)
  18. Public Policy and Development (4 credits)
  19. Basic Concepts in Social Sciences (3 credits)

*One credit is equivalent to fifteen lectures

Undergraduate Courses Taught
  1. History of the Modern World (5 credits)
  2. History of Science & Technology (2 credits)
  3. Human Values & Buddhist Ethics (2 credits)
  4. Social Aspects of Engineering (3 credits)

Press on Dr. Aafreedi's Researches and Activities

English

2015

Kait Bolongaro, "Indian Jews: Building bridges between India and Israel", Deutsche Welle, August 17

2014

Yusra Husain, "Malihabad Pathans resent linking lineage with Jews", The Times of India, December 22

Yusra Husain, "Seeking Malihabad's Jewish connect", The Times of India, December 21

Puja Awasthi, "Is Hitler Loved in India?", The Indian Republic, August 20

2013

Anika McMahon, "Australia takes the lead on Religion Journalism", Arbiter, November 4

Anonymous, "Weekly Press Pakistan to be the centre of attention in Australia", Weekly Press Pakistan, October 9, 2013

Anonymous, "Indian Scholar joins the Advisory Board of the Jerusalem Press Club", Weekly Press Pakistan, September 16

Anonymous, "Indian Holocaust Educator to attend Educator Institute at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum", Weekly Press Pakistan, September 3

Myer Samra, "The Tradition of Israelite Origin among Pathans: A talk given by Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi recently at the Sephardi synagogue, Sephardi Synagogue Pesach, March-April

Aryeh Savir, "'Jewish Studies in Urdu': The Story of Dr. Aafreedi", Weekly Press Pakistan, March 24
 
Aryeh Savir, "Indian Muslim doctor in love with Israel and the Jews completes long tour", Your Jewish News. com, March
 
Anonymous, "Renowned Indo-Judaic Studies Scholar completes a lecture tour of Australia", Weekly Press Pakistan, March 3

Gareth Narunsky, "The reality of Muslim-Jewish relations in India"

Anonymous, "Indian Scholar of Indo-Judaic Studies on a Lecture Tour of Australia", Weekly Press Pakistan, January 29

2012

David Shaftel, "Hitler has a following in India", Bloomberg Businessweek, December 6

Anonymous, "Lecture Tour of Dr. Aafreedi in Australia", Weekly Press Pakistan, November 23

Jacob Shamsian, "The Advent of Hitler in India: Dr. Aafreedi: 'The cure for this Paradoxical Phenomenon is Knowledge'", 5 Towns Jewish Times, July 30

2010

Rory McCarthy, "Pashtun clue to lost tribes of Israel", The Guardian, January 17

Haaretz Service, "Could the Taliban be genetically linked to the Jews", Haaretz, January 14

Simon McGregor-Wood, "Israelis and Taliban Separated at Birth", ABC News, January 12

Dean Nelson, "Taliban may be descended from Jews", Telegraph, January 11

Sachin Parashar, "Lucknow Pathans have Jewish Roots", The Times of India, New Delhi, January 11

Amir Mizroch, "Are Taliban descendants of Israelites?", The Jerusalem Post, January 9

2009

Ashish Tripathi, "Gene Travel: To Maihabad via Israel?", The Times of India, November 5

"Oral Traditions" in the entry titled "Pashtun people" in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 27 May

Puja Awasthi, "Lost and Found?", The Sunday Indian, 4-10 May

Vidya Pandit, "Roots Researcher", Education World, February

2008

Times News Network, "A Biblical Connection", The Times of India, Lucknow, March 11

2007

Cynthia Dettelbach, "Unexpected, Impassioned Student of Indian Jewry", Cleveland Jewish News, November 30

Ashish Tripathi, "Looking for lost tribes of Israel in Malihabad", The Times of India, Lucknow, November 12 

Agniva Banerjee, "When a Pathan is called a Jew", Sunday Times of India, May 20

Swaraj Chauhan, "Can Afghanisan be Controlled? Another View!", The Moderate Voice, April

Alexander Maistrovoy, "Pashtun tribe in India may be one of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel", Arutz Sheva, IsraPundit, April 10, JewishIndy, April 16, Frontline Israel, Middle East Facts, Annaqed and The United Jerusalem Foundation

January 5: Kloner, Rabbi William, The Truth, Vol. XCV, No. 2787

2006

Alcibiades, "Are the Pathans Descended from the Tribe of Ephraim?" Kesher Talk 

"Malihabad's Pathans embarassed about Jew lineage!", A Muslim Indian's Speak and Urdu Poetry Blog/Website, November 26 

Barry Segal, "Researcher claims proof of Lost Tribes in India", Jerusalem News Network, November 22 

Matt Zalen, "Is Muslim clan the lost tribe of Ephraim?: Indian historian finds genetic material common to Pathans, Jews", The Jerusalem Post, November 15  

Farzand Ahmad, "Is it the Lost Tribe of Israel", India Today, November 6 

2005 

Times News Network, "Tracing Jewish Links in Malihabad", The Times of India, August 10 

2002 

Agniva Banerjee, "In Pursuit of the Lost World...", Lucknow Times, The Times of India, November 15 

HT Correspondent, "Linking Jews to Afridi Pathans", Hindustan Times, November 14 

German

2012

Jacob Shamsian, "Die wachsende Popularitat von Adolf Hitler in Indien", Israel Nachrichten, July 30

"Sind die Taliban genetisch Juden?", Judische Zeitung, July 13, 2012

Russian

2014

Элеонора Хризман, "Почему Гитлер популярен в Индии?", Isrageo.com, July 17 and Novosty Nedeli, July 17

2007

Agniva Banerjee, translated by Alexander Levites, " Когда Патан позвал еврея", 7kanal.com, 18 Июля, Blogs. Mail. Ru, Rusamny, Novasich 

Alexander Maistrovoy, "Александр Майстровой, Новости недели", Novosty Nedely, March 15-21

Dutch 

2007 

"Islamitische stam in werkelijkheid Joods?", AMI Jeruzalem Bijbel Centrum Nieuws, February, 32ste jaargang, nr. 2

Slovak

2007

Miroslav Ilias, "Najdeny d'alsi strateny kmen Izraela?", SME blog, January 8

French

2010

Yael Ancri, "Les Talibans sont-ils issus d'lune des tribus perdues?", ACTU.CO.IL, February 5

Marie-France Calle, "Et si les talibans etaient juifs?", Namaste! Salam!, January 26

"Les Talibans sont-ils issus de l'une des tribus perdues?", Lessakele, January 19

2007

John O'Brian, "Des Recherches Genetiques Auraient Permis de Retrouver la Tribu Perdue D'Ephraim en Inde Musulmane", Site Official de la Chambre de Commerce France-Israel, November 16 

Finnish

2006

"Yksi Kaddonnut Israelin Sukukunta", Israel Update, November 15 

Hebrew

2007

 חנן בלכמן

המוצא הקרוב לודאי של האפרידים הפתאנים במליהבאד משבטי ישראל

Spanish

2013

"Estudios Judios en Urdu: La historia del Dr. Aafreedi", Enlace Judio, April 2

2010

"Israel busca una de sus tribus perdidas en Afghanistan", RT.com, January 15

Romanian

2010

"Pastunii, principalul grup Taliban, ar putea fi descendenti ai evrielor, HotNews.ro, January 13

Turkish

"Israil Taliban'in kokenini arastiriyor", Firat News Agency, Ocak 15

Bahasa Indonesia

2009

"Inikah Suku Israel yang Hilang?", Unseen Hand, April 4

Hindi

2006

Farzand Ahmad, "Aam hi nahin, Afridi bhi", India Today, October 18

Aparajita Shrivastav, "Talaash Apni Jadon ki", City, Hindustan, April 24

2003 

Yogesh Mishra, "Bulaavaa Aa raha hai Israel se", Outlook, November 10

Urdu

2010

Tariq Khan, "Kyaa Taliban Yahudi Hain?", 

  • Sunday Times Canada, Canada, January 28 - February 3
  • Pakistan Times Online, Canada, January 29

2007

Hasan Kamaal, "Chai ki Pyaali mein Toofaan uthaane ki Bachkaana Koshish", Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, May 26

2003

"Malihabadi Pathanon ko Israel aane ki daavat", Nai Duniya, November 13-19 

Radio Interviews

2013

November 17: Interviewed by Dr. Rachael Kohn for her series "Spirit of Things" on the Australian Radio ABC's RN.

2010

 

2007

November 6: 9-10 p.m. (Eastern Time) - Interviewed by Zev Brenner for the programme "Talkline with Zev Brenner" (America's leading Jewish programme, Live Call in with Newsmaker guests and celebrities making headlines in the Jewish world), for the channel Talkline Communications Network 

TV Interviews

ETV Urdu, Sahara Samay Rashtriya and Star News. The one on Star News, which was broadcast on 18th January, 2010, can be seen online.