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Tues. 3/5 | TALK | Sufi Shrines in Modern South Asia

February 20, 2019

Join us for a talk by Ali Altaf Mian, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies – Theology & Religious Studies Department, Seattle University

Thomson Hall 101   //    Tuesday, March 5     //     7:00 p.m.

Sufi shrines are marvelous sites for understanding lived Islam in historical and contemporary South Asia. They serve as portals into South Asian Islam’s complex textual histories, devotional rituals of dance and music, as well as theologies of mediation and transcendence. Yet, modern Sufi shrines must also be studied in relation to the politics of colonial control and the demands of postcolonial nation-making projects. This lecture seeks to shed light on both the meaning-making practices of shrine-based religious actors and how the Sufi shrine as an institution relates to broader social and political trends that shape lived religion in South Asia and beyond.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC); South Asia Studies and Comparative Religion Program at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.

Comparative Religion Staff