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Lecture: “After the Rebellion: Religion, Rebels & Jihad” with Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst (University of Vermon)
September 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Religion, rebels, and jihad were redefined in the aftermath of the 1857 Rebellion in South Asia. What it meant to belong to a particular religion—specifically Islam—came to signify one’s political leanings. In turn, religious concepts with long, multifaceted histories—specifically jihad—came to be synonymous with a religion and its religious community. This talk addresses how the events of 1857-1858 minoritized and racialized Indian Muslims, with particular attention to the use of jihad as a rhetorical concept in the colonial period.
Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst specializes in religions of South Asia. Her research deals with Islam in South Asia, historiography, and the development of theories of religion. Other areas of interest include how religion has been defined and relates to both nationalism and colonialism.
Sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center and FHI Humanities Futures. For more information, please visit here.