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Bombay Islam: A Religious Economy in the Western Indian Ocean

History Professor Nile Green will be discussing his latest book, Bombay Islam: A Religious Economy in the Western Indian Ocean.

Monday, April 19, 2010
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Rejecting the historiographical tradition depicting the nineteenth century as dominated by modernist, reformist or pan-Islamist projects, the book explores the paradox by which the wealthiest and most technologically advanced city in both India and the Indian Ocean produced an enchanted Islam characterized by miracles and their authoritarian producers. Drawing on a forthcoming major study of Bombay’s Muslim communities, the talk traces the emergence in Bombay of a competitive religious marketplace whose products not only transformed the metropolis itself, but were exported to the far ends of the western Indian Ocean. In so doing, the talk explores the collusion of industrial modernity and reinvigorated custom that through railways, steamships and vernacular printing lent new resources to the circulation of Muslim miracle stories and holy men between 1850 and 1900.

About the Speaker:

Nile Green is a Professor of South Asian history at UCLA. His publications include Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century: Saints, Books and Empires in the Muslim Deccan (London, 2006), Religion, Language and Power (with Mary Searle- Chatterjee; London, 2008), Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire (Cambridge, 2009) and Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the Western Indian Ocean (Cambridge, forthcoming). He is currently completing a history of Sufism for Blackwell’s Brief Histories series.

Refreshments will be served.

Cost : Free

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