Secularity in Colonial, South Asian Islam

20 Apr 2022


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh

A lecture by Farina Mir, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies @University of Michigan
Farina Mir is a historian of colonial and postcolonial South Asia, with a particular interest in the social, cultural, and religious history of late-colonial north India. Her first book, The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010) is a study of the Punjabi language and its literature under colonialism (from 1849­–1947). Through an analysis of Punjabi qisse, or epic stories/romances, Mir locates a Punjabi literary formation in colonial Punjab—and its resonances in contemporary postcolonial India, Pakistan, and in the Punjabi diaspora. By examining the social history of this formation and the themes that it engaged with,

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Sponsored By: 
Muslim Studies Program, Michigan State University