Muslim Thought in South Asia

Despite the long and rich tradition of Muslim thinking from and about the Indian subcontinent, intellectual histories of Islam tend not to pass through South Asia. This seminar series brings together emerging and established scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds to discuss Muslim thought in South Asia, past and present.

This is a virtual seminar series on Muslim thought in South Asia, co-hosted with the Centre of South Asian Studies and chaired by Taushif Kara [] from the Centre.

27 April – SherAli Tareen (Franklin & Marshall College)
“Debating Hindu-Muslim Friendship after Empire”SherAli has been teaching at F&M since 2012. He received his PhD in Religion/Islamic Studies at Duke University and his BA at Macalester College. His work centers on Muslim intellectual thought in modern South Asia with a focus on intra-Muslim debates and polemics on crucial questions of law, ethics, and theology.

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11 May – Anand Vivek Taneja (Vanderbilt University)
“Sharing a Room with Sparrows: Maulana Azad and Muslim Ecological Thought”

Anand’s research and teaching focus on the religious and cultural traditions of South Asia, specializing in the anthropological study of contemporary Islam, Indian popular culture, and inter-religious relations between Muslims and Hindus.

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25 May – Naveeda Khan (Johns Hopkins University)
“What is Bangladesh?” – co-hosted with the Centre of South Asian Studies seminar

Naveeda Khan is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology. She received her BA in History from Vassar College, her MA in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research and her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.

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8 June – Shayan Rajani (LUMS & University of Pennsylvania)
“The Here, and the After: Time and the Individual in the Mughal World”

Shayan Rajani is a historian of early modern South Asia. His research and teaching interests include Mughal history, the history of Pakistan and its regions, and the study of gender and sexuality.

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All events held virtually at 17:00 BST.

A copy of the programme is available here