Making Space: Saints and Settlers in Early Modern India
Green, Nile - University of California, Los Angeles

2012-03-15 4:11 PM
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Tisch Hall Room 1014
Duration: 01:29:03

How in its emotional no less than institutional senses could settlement emerge in an early modern ‘world on the move’? The lecture explores the tensions between mobility and locality through the ways Sufi Islam responded to demands of settlement by preserving the migrant bodies of blessed men and the shrines, texts and rituals that surrounded them. Tracing how different Muslim communities located their sense of belonging, the lecture shows how religious resources were deployed to create new spaces of memory on Indian soil through the interplay of architecture and narrative as Afghan, Mughal and Hindustani Muslims constructed new homelands while remembering their distant places of origin.

Nile Green, Professor, Department of History; Program on Central Asia Chair

Introduction by Kathryn Babayan, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History for the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies

Note: The Q&A for this presentation was cut short by a tornado warning.


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