Islam in Modern South Asia
Dates: May 20, May 27, and June 3. Time: 6:15 pm to 8:15 pm. Description: This course, taught by Dr. SherAli Tareen, will examine Islam in modern South Asia from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The focus of this course is on the intellectual history and traditions, as well as the lived practice of Islam in the South Asian subcontinent. By drawing on a range of primary and secondary sources, we will explore the staggering diversity of Islam and Muslims in South Asia. We will begin with the context of colonial India, and interrogate transformations in South Asian Islam during the 19th and early 20th century, before moving to the contemporary period. Possible topics that will be discussed in this course include modern South Asian Muslim reform movements, intra-Muslim polemics on questions of normative practice and ethics, contestations of religious authority, sectarianism, minorities, Madrasas (Islamic seminaries) and Muslim traditions of education, religion and the state, Cyber Islam, and religion and the media.