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Making Space: Saints and Settlers in Early Modern India

Thursday, March 15, 2012
12:00 AM
1014 Tisch Hall

EIHS presents Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles. How in its emotional no less than institutional senses could settlement emerge in an early modern ‘world on the move’? The lecture explores the tensions between mobility and locality through the ways Sufi Islam responded to demands of settlement by preserving the migrant bodies of blessed men and the shrines, texts and rituals that surrounded them. Tracing how different Muslim communities located their sense of belonging, the lecture shows how religious resources were deployed to create new spaces of memory on Indian soil through the interplay of architecture and narrative as Afghan, Mughal and Hindustani Muslims constructed new homelands while remembering their distant places of origin.