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SAI Event Faculty : Ali Asani


Thu, April 2, 2015 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Empire from the Edges: Shi‘i and Messianic Challenges to Mughal Authority

Updated location: CGIS South S153

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of History; Associate Professor of Asian Studies Program; Affiliated Faculty, Islamic Studies Program; Co-Director Vanderbilt History Seminar, Vanderbilt University.

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

Shi`i and messianic groups in Gujarat evolved an often uncomfortable coexistence with Mughal political authority, one that was eased by occasionally imperial diktat but was regularly punctuated by bouts of violence and repression. This seminar will examine Mughal relations with three such groups from the late sixteenth century to the early eighteenth, paying attention to local politics and raising the question of whether Akbar’s supposed “tolerance” and Aurangzeb’s assumed “bigotry” are useful frames for discussion of empire, religion, and region.

Co-sponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

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Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thu, March 12, 2015 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Sufi Shrines and the Secular State

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Anna B. Bigelow, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, North Carolina State University

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

Sufi tomb shrines in India are well-known for their multi-religious constituencies. Yet the status of these sites is contested and ambivalent, with some groups lauding and celebrating them while others seek to undermine their diverse appeal. This presentation will compare cases of cooperation and conflict at two sites in Karnataka to explore the pragmatics of state secularism as well as local strategies of accommodation and competition.

Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

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Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Thu, March 5, 2015

Postponed: Webinar on Religious Literacy

This webinar has been postponed and will be rescheduled. 

SAI Webinar

Diane Moore, Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education; Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions

Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

 

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Wed, December 3, 2014 from 05:00pm - 06:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics

SAI Book Talk

Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History, Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University

Discussant: Atiya Khan, SAI Aman Fellow

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

Cosponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

*Please note the updated date and time (December 3, 2014, 5:00PM).

Established as a homeland for India’s Muslims in 1947, Pakistan has had a tumultuous history that has unfolded in the vortex of dire regional and international conflicts. Beset by assassinations, coups, ethnic strife, and the breakaway of Bangladesh in 1971, the country has found itself too often contending with religious extremism and military authoritarianism. Now, in a probing biography of her native land amid the throes of global change, Ayesha Jalal provides an insider’s assessment of how this nuclear-armed Muslim nation evolved as it did and explains why its dilemmas weigh so heavily on prospects for peace in the region.

Attentive to Pakistan’s external relations as well as its internal dynamics, Jalal shows how the vexed relationship with the United States, border disputes with Afghanistan in the west, and the conflict with India over Kashmir in the east have played into the hands of the generals who purchased security at the cost of strong democratic institutions. Combined with domestic ethnic and regional rivalries, such pressures have created a siege mentality that encourages military domination and militant extremism.

Since 9/11, the country has been widely portrayed as a breeding ground for Islamic terrorism. Assessing the threats posed by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as American troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Jalal contends that the battle for Pakistan’s soul is far from over. Her definitive biography reveals how pluralism and democracy continue to struggle for a place in this Muslim homeland, where they are so essential to its future.

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Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 05:00pm

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Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Thu, November 13, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm

CANCELLED: Conversation with Maleeha Lodhi, Ambassador of Pakistan to the US and Britain

This event has been cancelled.

 

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Maleeha Lodhi, Ambassador of Pakistan to the US and Britain

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

 

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Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 05:30pm

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Fri, October 17, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

The Rational Sciences and Their Contexts in 19th Century India

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Asad Ahmed, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of California Berkeley

Chair: Khaled el-Rouayheb, James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and of Islamic Intellectual History; member of the Steering Committee of the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program

This lecture aims to show that the history of the rationalist disciplines (ma’qulat, such as logic, philosophy, astronomy, etc.) in Muslim South Asia was driven by non-trivial social and political contexts.  Taking up the example of a theological debate on the finality of the Prophet, this lecture examines how reformist and establishment scholars deployed various technical tools in rationalist scholarship (especially logic) to argue for the validity of their position on this issue.  In the process, they breathed new life into several subfields of the rationalist disciplines.  This brief period of focus on the relevant technical tools was not due to some predictable orientation of texts, but was the product of the complex layers of the cultural, social, political, and technological landscapes of nineteenth century Muslim India.

Cosponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

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Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Tue, September 23, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Princes of the Mughal Empire

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

For almost 200 years, the Mughal emperors ruled supreme in northern India. How was it possible that a Muslim, ethnically Turkish, Persian-speaking dynasty established itself in the Indian subcontinent to become one of the largest and most dynamic empires in the early-modern period? Using the figure of the Mughal prince, Munis D. Faruqui offers a new interpretive lens through which to comprehend Mughal state formation. In a challenge to previous scholarship, Prof. Faruqui’s work suggests that far from undermining the foundations of empire, the court intrigues and political backbiting that were features of Mughal political life – and that frequently resulted in rebellions and wars of succession – actually helped spread, deepen, and mobilize Mughal power through an empire-wide network of friends and allies. Ultimately, however, because Mughal imperial and princely success were interlinked when both experienced political stress in the late 1600s and early 1700s, they atrophied together with negative results for the empire.

Cosponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

 

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Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Fri, March 7, 2014

CANCELLED: Princes of the Mughal Empire

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Berkeley

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

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Tue, February 18, 2014 from 04:30pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Religious politics and the survival of secularism in Bangladesh

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

Cosponsored with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

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Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 04:30pm

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Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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