Prof. Eisenlohr's profile and publications


2018. Sounding Islam: Voice, Media, and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean World . Oakland:University of California Press.

2006. Little India: Diaspora, Time and Ethnolinguistic Belonging in Hindu Mauritius . Berkeley: University of California Press.

Edited volumes:

2011. Special issue “What is a medium? Theologies, technologies, and aspirations.” Social Anthropology 19(1).

Journal articles:

2020. Diaspora, temporality, and politics: promises and dangers of rotational time. Sikh Formations 16(1-2): 166-171.

2018. Suggestions of movement: Voice and sonic atmospheres in Mauritian Muslim devotional practices. Cultural Anthropology 33(1): 32-57.

2017. Reconsidering mediatization of religion: Islamic televangelism in India. Media, Culture, Society 39(6): 869-884, first published online 22 Nov 2016.

2016. Religion and diaspora: Islam as ancestral heritage in Mauritius. Journal of Muslims in Europe 5(1): 87-105.

2015. Media, citizenship, and religious mobilization: The Muharram Awareness Campaign in Mumbai. Journal of Asian Studies 74(3): 687-710.

2015. Mediating disjunctures of time: Ancestral chronotopes in ritual and media practices. Anthropological Quarterly 88(2): 281-304.

2014. Religion publique et médiation religieuse chez les musulmans mauriciens. Social Compass 61(1): 48-56.

2013. Mediality and materiality in religious performance: Religion as heritage in Mauritius. Material Religion 9(3): 328-349.

2012. Media and religious diversity. Annual Review of Anthropology 41: 37-55.

2012. Cosmopolitanism, globalization, and Islamic piety movements in Mauritius. City and Society 24(1): 7-28.

2011. Media authenticity and authority in Mauritius: On the mediality of language in religion. Language & Communication 31(3): 266-273.

2011. Introduction: What is a medium? Theologies, technologies and aspirations. Social Anthropology 19(1): 1-5.

2011. The anthropology of media and the question of ethnic and religious pluralism. Social Anthropology 19(1): 40-55.

2011. Religious media, devotional Islam, and the morality of ethnic pluralism in Mauritius. World Development 39(2): 261-269.

2010. Materialities of entextualization: The domestication of sound reproduction in Mauritian Muslim devotional practices. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 20(2): 314-333.

2009. Technologies of the spirit: Devotional Islam, sound reproduction, and the dialectics of mediation and immediacy in Mauritius. Anthropological Theory 9(3): 273-296.

2007. Creole publics: Language, cultural citizenship, and the spread of the nation in Mauritius. Comparative Studies in Society and History 49(4): 968-996.

2006. The politics of diaspora and the morality of secularism: Muslim identities and Islamic authority in Mauritius. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 12(2): 395-412.

2006. As Makkah is sweet and beloved, so is Madina: Islam, devotional genres and electronic mediation in Mauritius. American Ethnologist 33(2): 230-245.

2004. Language Revitalization and New Technologies: Cultures of Electronic Mediation and the Refiguring of Communities. Annual Review of Anthropology 33: 21-45.

2004. Temporalities of Community: ‘Ancestral Language,’ Pilgrimage and Diasporic Belonging in Mauritius. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 14(1): 81-98. (Reprinted in Anthropological Linguistics. (Critical Concepts in Language Studies). Bambi Schieffelin and Paul Garrett, eds. London: Routledge, 2010).

2004. Register levels of ethno-national purity: The ethnicization of language and community in Mauritius. Language in Society 33(1): 59-80.

2002. Language and identity in an Indian diaspora: “Multiculturalism” and ethno-linguistic communities in Mauritius. Internationales Asienforum/International Quarterly of Asian Studies 33(1-2): 101-114. (Reprinted in Sociology of Diaspora: A Reader. Ajaya Kumar Sahoo and Brij Maharaj, eds., pp. 773-786. New Delhi/Jaipur: Rawat, 2007).

Book chapters:

2019. Religious language and media: Sound reproduction and transduction. In Language and Religion, eds. Robert Yelle, Christopher Lehrich, and Courtney Handman, pp. 382-403. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

2019. Assimilation als Kreolisierung. Sprachdifferenz in der Diaspora am Beispiel Mauritius. In Zwischen Anpassung und Subversion. Sprache und Politik der Assimilation, eds. Andreas B. Kilcher and Urs Lindner, pp. 249-265. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink.

2018. From language to religion in Mauritian nation-building. In The Mauritian Paradox: Fifty Years of Development, Diversity and Democracy, eds. Ramola Ramtohul and Thomas Hylland Eriksen, pp. 191-211. Réduit, Mauritius: University of Mauritius Press.

2017. Transduction in religious discourse: Vocalization and sound reproduction in Mauritian Muslim devotional practices. In Language and Materiality: Theoretical and Ethnographic Explorations, eds. Jillian R. Cavanaugh and Shalini Shankar, pp. 144-161. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2017. Religion, media, and the global. In Contesting Religious Identities: Transformations, Disseminations and Mediations, eds. Bob Becking, Anne-Marie Korte and Lucien van Liere, pp. 59-73. Leiden; Boston: Brill.

2015. The multiple intersections of religion and media: An introduction. In New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World, eds. Nadja-Christina Schneider and Carola Richter, pp. 137-148. Baden-Baden: Nomos/London: Bloomsbury.

2015. Media, urban aspirations, and religious mobilization among Twelver Shi‘ite Muslims in Mumbai. In Handbook of Religion and the Asian City: Aspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century; ed. Peter van der Veer, pp. 415-431. Oakland: University of California Press.

2014. Religious aspirations, public religion, and the secularity of pluralism. In Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics, eds. Rosi Braidotti, Bolette Blaagaard, Tobijn de Graauw, and Eva Midden, pp.195-209. New York: Palgrave.

2010. Temporalities of Community: ‘Ancestral Language,’ Pilgrimage and Diasporic Belonging in Mauritius. In Anthropological Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Language Studies, vol 4. Bambi Schieffelin and Paul Garrett, eds., pp. 154-176. New York: Routledge. (Reprint of Eisenlohr 2004).

2009. Na‘t: Media contexts and transnational dimensions of a devotional practice. In Islam in South Asia in Practice. Barbara D. Metcalf, ed., pp. 101-112. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

2009. An Indian Ocean Creole island? Language and the politics of hybridity in Mauritius. In Multiple Identities in Action: Mauritius and Some Antillean Parallelisms. Vinesh Y. Hookoomsing, Ralph Ludwig, Burkhard Schnepel, eds. pp. 87-108. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

2007. Language and identity in an Indian diaspora: “Multiculturalism” and ethno-linguistic communities in Mauritius. In Sociology of Diaspora: A Reader. Ajaya Kumar Sahoo and Brij Maharaj, eds., pp. 773-786. New Delhi/Jaipur: Rawat. (Reprint of Eisenlohr 2002).

2003. Die indische Diaspora. In Indien heute. Brennpunkte seiner Innenpolitik. Subratra K. Mitra and Bernd Rill, eds. pp. 183-191. München: Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung.

Encyclopedia articles:

2009. Hinduism outside of India. In Religion Past and Present. Encyclopedia of Theology and Religion, Vol. 6, Hans Dieter Betz, Don S. Browning, Bernd Janowski and Eberhard Jüngel, eds., pp. 144-145. Leiden: Brill. (Translation of Eisenlohr 2000).

2005. Linguistic ethnonationalism. Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2 nd edition, Vol. 7. Keith Brown ed., pp. 187-193. Oxford: Elsevier.

2000. Hinduismus außerhalb Südasiens. In Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Handwörterbuch für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft, Vol. 3. Hans Dieter Betz, Don S. Browning, Bernd Janowski and Eberhard Jüngel, eds., pp. 1762-1764. Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr.

Other academic publications:

2017. Invited comment on “The uncanny medium: semiotic opacity in the wake of genocide,” by Kabir Tambar. Anthropology 58(6): 776-777.

2013. Invited comment on “Toward an Anthropology of Computer-Mediated, Algorithmic Forms of Sociality” by Eitan Wilf. Current Anthropology 54(6): 731-732.

2009. What is a medium? The anthropology of media and the question of ethnic and religious pluralism Inaugural Lecture, Universiteit Utrecht, 26 May 2009. Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht.


2001. Ph.D. thesis Language Ideology and Imaginations of Indianness in Mauritius. Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, 338 pp. [Proquest/UMI 3006490]

1994. M.A. thesis Hindi-Englisch Code-Switching als soziale Praxis. Institut für Ethnologie, Karl-Ruprechts Universität Heidelberg, 93 pp.

Interviews and academic blog contributions:

2019. “Sonic privilege: the holism of religious publics.” Contribution to a forum on “Religion’s publics: Word, image, sound,” The Immanent Frame (digital publication of the Social Science Research Council). 21 May 2019.

2019. “Voice, Sound and Atmospheres: Religious Feelings and Beyond.”   A blog on the workshop held on 7 Feb 2019 at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity, Göttingen. 19 February 2019.
2019. Xavier, Shobana. “Sounding Islam.” Podcast interview with Patrick Eisenlohr on his book “Sounding Islam.” New Books in Islamic Studies, 2 January 2019.

2018. Ale-Ebrahim, Ben. “Patrick Eisenlohr on his new book Sounding Islam.” CaMP Anthropology blog, Communication, Media and Performance, October 8, 2018.

2018. Hölsgens, Sander. “Beyond the Either-Or: An Interview with Patrick Eisenlohr.” Dialogues, Cultural Anthropology website, March 23, 2018.


Hindi short story “Hatyāre” by Amarkant into German in: Indo-Asia 35(3), 1993: 56-60.