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Making Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India

By Nile Green, Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Personnel, Department of History, UCLA

Monday, February 06, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall


How could settlement emerge in an early modern ‘world on the move’? How did the Sufis imprint their influence on the cultural memory of their communities in India? Weaving together investigations of architecture, ethnography, local history, and migration, this talk explores the tensions between mobility and locality through the ways in which Sufi Islam responded to the cultural demands of moving and settling. Central to this process were the shrines, rituals and narratives of the saints. Tracing how different Muslim communities located their sense of belonging, this lecture shows how Afghan, Mughal, and Hindustani Muslims constructed new homelands while remembering different places of origin. 


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Light refreshment will be served.

Cost: free and open to the public


Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia

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