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Evicting the Living God: Trans-imperial Islam and the Soviet Union on the Eve of Partition

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 4:30pm

Uris Hall, G08
Central Campus

Talk by Till Mostowlansky (Research Professor in Anthropology, Geneva Graduate Institute, Switzerland)

The establishment of Soviet rule in the southern parts of Central Asia bordering the British Empire has largely been researched through the lens of geopolitical competition. Virtually nothing is known about how the region’s Muslim populations experienced this period of revolution and war leading up to the 1947 partition of India. Using Persian, Russian and Urdu sources, this talk explores the Muslim networks that linked Central Asia with South Asia at the time. It further discusses how the study of these trans-imperial connections contributes to a nuanced understanding of attempts at re-engagement, as well as persistent disconnection, in the present.     

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, South Asia Program



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