South Asia Conference, SMU

On September 22, Asian Studies in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences (smu.edu/asianstudies) and the North Texas nonprofit SARII (www.sarii.org) presented the 7th Annual South Asia Conference at SMU. The conference – Cities, Courts and Saints: Muslim Cultures of South Asia – brought together six leading specialists of Indo-Muslim history and culture. Since the arrival of Islam in South Asia, Muslim communities thrived in cities, giving them a unique shape with new forms of courtly and spiritual life. The scholars presented new perspectives on the way Muslim traditions contributed to forms of religious life, social etiquette, music and art of the Indian subcontinent. The conference, which is free and open to the community, was co-sponsored this year by the Clements Department of History and the Department of Religious Studies.

Collecting songs and preserving culture

An update from first-year student Chasitie: Dr. Katherine Schofield, King's College, London This weekend I was able to find time to squeeze in attending a South Asian Conference at SMU. With my knowledge of the Indian subcontinent limited to what I have learned so far in my Introduction to Asian Religions course with Dr. Lindquist, what better way to expand upon my knowledge than attend a South Asian Conference? The particular talk that I attended was "The Social History of Song Collections: Awadh, Delhi, and Hyderabad," presented by Dr. Katherine Schofield of King’s College, London. The lecture discussed the practice of song collection during the 18th century under the British. I was eager to hear a lecture on music [...]

2012-09-24T19:53:44+00:00 September 24th, 2012|South Asia Conference, SMU|

Revisiting the 14th to 20th centuries in South Asia

An update from Carl, graduate student in religious studies: Audience during conference presentation This Saturday marked the seventh time that SMU's Asian Studies Program has partnered with the South Asia Research and Information Institute (SARII) to bring world-renowned scholars to our campus. From Drs. Barbara and Thomas Metcalf (Universities of Michigan and California, Berkeley) to Dr. Richard Eaton (University of Arizona) to SMU's own Dr. Azfar Moin, the presenters were all top-notch experts in their field — something made abundantly clear by their choice of presentations. With topics as diverse as studies of advances in cannon technology in the 14th-15th centuries, Brahmans serving in Mughal courts in the 17th, and Muslim queens ruling in defiance of both local tradition [...]

2012-09-24T19:55:56+00:00 September 24th, 2012|South Asia Conference, SMU|

Inspiring research from around the globe

On September 22, 2012, Asian Studies in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences (smu.edu/asianstudies) and the North Texas nonprofit SARII (www.sarii.org) presented the 7th Annual South Asia Conference at SMU. The conference – Cities, Courts and Saints: Muslim Cultures of South Asia – brought together six leading specialists of Indo-Muslim history and culture. Since the arrival of Islam in South Asia, Muslim communities thrived in cities, giving them a unique shape with new forms of courtly and spiritual life. The scholars presented new perspectives on the way Muslim traditions contributed to forms of religious life, social etiquette, music and art of the Indian subcontinent. The conference, which is free and open to the community, was co-sponsored this year by the Clements Department of History and the Department of Religious Studies.

2012-09-24T16:28:53+00:00 September 22nd, 2012|South Asia Conference, SMU|