This workshop welcomes original papers that discuss historical traditions and lived practices of South Asian Islam often marginalized in academic and popular venues. Targeted topics include regions like Bengal, Sri Lanka, and southern India, forms such as Shia Islam, writings about Islam in South Asian languages other than Urdu and Persian, and practical manifestations of South Asian Islam in contemporary and historical trans-regional diasporic contexts. Chosen papers will reflect current approaches to the topic of marginality and centrality in South Asian Islam, broadly defined across disciplinary, sub-regional, and linguistic sites of research. Session organization will reflect the nature of the chosen papers.
Papers chosen for presentation will be posted online in a secure website to facilitate discussion during the workshop. Workshop organizers also intend to transform papers into a special journal edition around the theme of Margins and Centers in South Asian Islam: Contemporary Perspectives.
Barbara Metcalf, Professor Emeritus
History, University of California-Davis
Neilesh Bose, Assistant Professor
History, University of North Texas
Afsar Mohammed, Lecturer
Asian Studies, University of Texas-Austin
Abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with full contact information, academic affiliation, discipline, and one-page CV should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 29, 2010.
Notifications will be sent to all applicants by January 25, 2010. Complete papers must be submitted by February 25, 2010.
The workshop will be held at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, approximately 25 miles north of Dallas.
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