This seminar examines engagements between Hindu and Muslim traditions in South Asia from medievil to modern times. We explore historical case studies of Hindu-Muslim relations and the formation of religious identities, together with the ways in which these identities have been contested and constructed in modern discourses on religion and politics. Through the course of the seminar, we interrogate the analytical categories of conquest, iconoclasm, conversion and syncretism, around which several current debates in Hindu-Muslim relations have been framed. Topics discussed include: the interactions of Sufi, Bhakti, and Yogic traditions, Mughal religious cultures; the impact of colonialism on religious identities and sectarian relations; the partition of India and creation of Pakistan, and nationalist histographies.
Section 401 - SEM