E 379S • Literary South Asian Islam
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This course will examine how modernity is experienced through the eyes of religious believers, those who adapted their faiths to modernity, those who abandoned Islam for cosmopolitanism, and those who found answers in returning to what they believed were more foundational moments in the history of the religion. Reading texts from late-colonial India to the post-Independence moment, this class will explore both the potentialities and the pitfalls with understanding something like a composite Muslim identity in South Asia, as that identity is cleft by class, gender, caste, linguistic, sexual, racial, sectarian, and geopolitical divisions. Figures will include: Thanvi, Ahmad, Ruswa, Ali, Faiz, Manto, Reza, Chughtai, Rushdie, Nasreen, and Naheed.
Research proposal 10%; Rough draft 15%; Draft bibliography 10%; Annotated bibliography 15%; Final paper 30%; Course blog 20%