Muslim Modernity in South Asia

Muslim Modernity in South Asia
Contributed By: events coordinator
Organizing Institution: Center for South Asian Studies
Contact email: [email protected]
Start Date: May 20, 2022 (9:45am)
End Date: May 21, 2022 (5:00pm EDT)
Cost: Free
Weiser Hall - 10th Floor – Ann Arbor – Michigan – United States

Muslim Modernity in South Asia
Center for South Asian Studies
University of Michigan
May 20-21, 2022
Weiser Hall, 10th Floor

Co-organized by Farina Mir (Department of History, UM) and Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Religion, Princeton University), this workshop brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to revisit established understandings of Muslim modernity in South Asia, particularly as they relate to questions of gender, colonialism, the status and role of the ulama, Islamic law, and notions of political and religious subjectivity. All papers are pre-circulated. Conversations on each paper will be opened with a comment from a member of the UM faculty, followed by an open discussion. Please join us and contribute to the conversation!

Note: All papers are pre-circulated. Contact Farina Mir ([email protected]) for papers.

Friday, May 20, 2022

9:45 Welcome
Muhammad Qasim Zaman & Farina Mir

10:00 Julia Stephens, Department of History, Rutgers University
“Material Modernities: Tracing Janbai’s Gendered Mobilities Across the Indian Ocean”
Respondent: Gaurav Desai, Department of English, University of Michigan

11:00 Tea/coffee break

11:30 Justin Jones, Theology and Religion, Oxford University
“Islamic Feminist Thought and Islamic Modernism in Modern India”
Respondent: Mrinalini Sinha, Department of History, University of

12:30 Lunch Break

2:00 SherAli Tareen, Religious Studies, Franklin & Marshall College
“Competing Muslim Responses to Colonial Modernity: The
Aligarh-Deoband Divide”
Respondent: Juan Cole, Department of History, University of

3:00 Tea/Coffee Break

3:30 Farina Mir, Department of History, University of Michigan
“Urdu Akhlaq Literature and Secularity in Colonial, South-Asian Islam”
Respondent: Kathryn Babayan, Departments of History and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:30 Humeira Iqtidar, Department of Political Economy, King’s College
“Spiritual or Political Equality?”
Respondent: Webb Keane, Department of Anthropology, University
of Michigan

10:30 Tea/coffee Break

11:00 Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Department of Religion, Princeton University
“Law and Sufism in Modern South Asia: A Changing Relationship”
Respondent: Alexander Knysh, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

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Ann Arbor , Michigan 48109 United States
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