The essays in this volume examine `hidden histories' related to gender, religion, and reform in modern South Asia. Chapters from an array of eminent contributors examine Indo-Muslim cultures and political mobilization, literary aesthetics, and education, broadly defined. Dedicated to Gail Minault, a pioneering scholar of women's history, Islamic reformation, and Urdu literature, this volume raises new questions about the role of identity in politics and public life, about memory and historical archives, and about innovative approaches to envisioning egalitarianism. It showcases interdisciplinary methodologies. Timely and thought-provoking, this book will interest all who wish to understand how our diverse and plural pasts have informed our cosmopolitan present as we struggle to arrive at a better future for all.
Syed Akbar Hyder is Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Islamic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as the director of the Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program. His research focuses on South Asian literature, aesthetics, and popular culture. Among his publications is Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian Memory.
Manu Bhagavan is Professor of History and Human Rights at Hunter College and the Graduate Center-CUNY. He is the author of The Peacemakers (2012) and Sovereign Spheres (2003), and the (co-)editor of 3 other books. His Quartz essay on global authoritarianism went viral internationally and was translated into German as the lead, cover article of the May 2016 Berliner Republik magazine. He is the recipient of a 2006 Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and is an elected member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He regularly appears in the media to comment on global affairs.
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