DISC Supplemental Lecture: “Urdu Ethics, Literature & the Diversity of Muslim Thought in Colonial India”

January 30, 2020 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Rutgers University
301 Van Dyck Hall

In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, a range of Urdu texts were published in India within the genre of Akhlāq, ethical texts of immense variation in style and content. This talk examines Urdu akhlāq literature, with a focus on how this genre helps us elaborate a history of Muslim South Asia.

Dr. Farina Mir is a historian of late-colonial north India. Her first book, The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab (UC Press, 2010) is a study of Punjabi language and literature under colonialism, with a focus on qisse, or epic romances. Her talk stems from her current project, “Producing Modern Muslims: Everyday Ethics in Late Colonial North India.”

Evan Murphy

DISC Program Coordinator