Muslim Origins in South Asia | Manan Ahmed Asif

E330 | When did Muslims first come to the South Asian subcontinent? The answer to this question has formed a crucial part of nationalism in both India and Pakistan, where the story begins with the conquest of Sind by Muhammad ibn Qasim in 712 AD. In this episode, we speak with Manan Ahmed Asif about his book, A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia, which reexamines a key text in this narrative about Islam in South Asia: The Chachnama. Written in Sind in the 13th century, this text draws on multiple Indic and Islamic literary traditions to respond to its contemporary political context. We discuss the ways in which the text puts forth political theories, based on the lives of Brahmin rulers of Sind -- including the eponymous Chach -- as well as Muhammad ibn Qasim. Rather than a straightforward story of Muslim conquest, the text advocates a mode of rule which acknowledges and engages with the cultural and religious diversity of Sind. Finally, we touch on the ways this history is alive today among residents of Uch, the city most discussed in the Chachnama. More at http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2017/08/muslim-origins-in-south-asia.html Manan Ahmed Asif is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Columbia University. He specializes in the intellectual history of Islam in South and Southeast Asia, frontier-spaces and the city in medieval South Asia and colonial and post-colonial North India and Pakistan. He is the co-founder of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities at Columbia. Shireen Hamza is a doctoral student in the History of Science department at Harvard University. Her research focuses broadly on the history of science and medicine in the Islamicate Middle Ages, and more specifically during the Delhi Sultanate. Credits Episode No 330 Release Date: 24 August 2017 Recording Location: Columbia University, New York Audio editing by Shireen Hamza Music: Special thanks to Ganavya Doraiswamy - (Black, Brown, Beige) Are the Colors Images and bibliography courtesy of Manan Ahmed Asif available at http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2017/08/muslim-origins-in-south-asia.html


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