Megan Eaton Robb

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Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions
Contact Information
Office Address: 
Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
robbme@sas.upenn.edu

Professor Robb is currently interested in the link between print publics and group identity formation, particularly in the first half of the twentieth century in South Asia. Her monograph in progress focuses on the links between Urdu newspapers and the development of a common vocabulary of social and political Islam in North India between 1900 and 1950. Her recent article in Modern Asian Studies focuses on the trend toward men writing in women’s voices in mainstream and reformist Urdu newspapers, and the insights those practices lend to performances of masculinity in early twentieth century South Asia.

 

Education: 

D.Phil, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford 
M.Phil, Modern South Asian Studies, University of Oxford
B.A., With Highest Honors, India Studies and English Literature, Indiana University Bloomington

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Gender and Religion in South Asia
History of Islam in South Asia
Hindi and Urdu Public Spheres
Modernity and Print
19th and 20th Century Reformist Movements 

Selected Publications: 

“Men’s Voices, Women’s Lives: An Urdu Reformist Newspaper in North India,” Vol 50, 5 Modern Asian Studies, September 2016.

"Advising the Army of Allah: Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi’s Critique of the Muslim League," Muslims Against the Muslim League: Critiques of the Idea of Pakistan, Edited by Ali Usman Qasmi and Megan Robb, Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017. 

 "Introduction," co-authored with Ali Usman Qasmi, 
Muslims Against the Muslim League: Critiques of the Idea of Pakistan, Edited by Ali Usman Qasmi and Megan Robb, Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017. 

"Urban Emotions in Seclusion: 
An Early-Twentieth Century Muslim Wedding in Shahjahanabad," Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Forthcoming, 2017. 

 

Work in Progress: 

Professor Robb is co-editing a volume of essays forthcoming with Cambridge University Press entitled Muslims Against the Muslim League: Critiques of the Idea of Pakistan. Megan is currently co-editing a Special Journal Issue forthcoming with The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society entitled "Urban Emotions: Responses to the City."

Recent Courses: 

Women and Religion
Islam in Asia