SAMSA will have a panel as well as our annual business meeting at the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI 2022:

1. SAMSA Panel on “Notions of Equality: Gender, Politics, and Society in India and Pakistan” (Saturday, October 22, 2022; 8:30 am-10:15 pm CDT or GST -5, Caucus Room, Floor 1):

Afsar Mohammad (University of Pennsylvania): The Making of “Nayee Aurat”: Jeelani Bano’s Search for Gender Equality

Mujeeb Ahmad (International Islamic University): Notions of Equality, Musāwat-i-Muḥammadī: Theory and Practice in Pakistan

Yasmin Saikia (Arizona State University): Being Christian and Unequal in Pakistan

M. Raisur Rahman (Wake Forest University): Ashraf, the Middle Class, and the Lingering Inequality among the Muslims of Colonial India

2. SAMSA Open Business Meeting (Friday, October 21, 2022; 5:30-6:30 PM CDT or GST -5, private Dining Room, opp. CIRC, floor 1). All are welcome!

Past Events

SAMSA Symposium was held at the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI 2021 in virtual format (accessible only to those registered for the conference):

  1. SAMSA Symposium (Thursday, October 21, 2021; 8:30 am-5:30 pm CDT or GST -5)
  2. SAMSA Open Business Meeting (Saturday, October 23, 2021; 3:30-4:30 PM CDT or GST -5)

SAMSA was represented at the following two events of interest at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies held during March 21-26, 2021:

Panel: Selfhood and Agency: Muslim Women’s Fashioning of State, Religion, and Literature in South Asia. Panelists included Sana Haroon, Syed Akbar Hyder, Usha Sanyal, and Mehreen Jamal. Thursday, March 25, 2020, 3:00-4:30 PM EST. Delivered via Zoom.

Round table: Authors Meet Critics Panel on The Cambridge Companion to Sayyid Ahmad Khan (Cambridge University Press, 2019), edited by Yasmin Saikia and M. Raisur Rahman. Participants included David Lelyveld, SherAli Tareen, Yasmin Saikia, and Raisur Rahman. Friday March 26, 2021, 12:00-1:130 PM EST. Delivered via Zoom.

Events held at interest at the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI 2019 at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club:

  1. SAMSA Symposium (Thursday, October 17, 2019, 1:45-5:30 PM, Parlor Room 627, sixth floor)
  2. SAMSA-sponsored panel (Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:30-12:15 PM, Parlor Room 629, sixth floor)
  3. Open Business Meeting (Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:30-6:30 PM, Conference Room 1, second floor)

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Thursday, October 17th 2019, 1:45-5:30 PM

SAMSA Symposium:

South Asian Islam and the Question of “Minorities”: Religion, Pluralism, Violence, and Peace

Symposium Schedule:

1:45 PM-2:00 PM
Conference Welcome, Introductions, and Theme Description

Moderator: SherAli Tareen (Franklin and Marshall College)

2:00-3:30 PM
Panel 1: Towards a Genealogy of the “Minority” in South Asian Islam

Ghazal Asif (Johns Hopkins University, Anthropology), The Politics of Dalit Recognition in Pakistan

Navine Murshid (Colgate University, Political Science), The Rohingya Crisis as the State of Exception

Shaunna Rodrigues (Columbia University, MESAAS), Anchoring Constitutionalism in Islam: Abul Kalam Azad, pluralism and public reason in India

Respondent: Laura Dudley Jenkins (University of Cincinnati, Political Science).

3:30 PM-3:45 PM
All Conference Break

3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Panel 2: Author-meets-critics session and book discussion of Simon Fuchs’ In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi’ism between Pakistan and the Middle East (UNC Press, 2019). Electronic copies of select chapters for discussion will be sent to symposium participants ahead of time. Please email Program co-chair if you are not on the list below and are planning to attend, so you can receive these pdfs.

Respondents: Megan Robb (University of Pennsylvania, Religious Studies) and Rizwan Zamir (Davidson College, Religious Studies).

5:15-5:30 PM
Closing Roundtable: Engaging as a public intellectual on the question of minorities

7:30 PM
Dinner and continuing discussion at a local restaurant

Friday, October 18th 2019, 10:30-12:15 PM

SAMSA-sponsored panel:

At the Margins: Muslims in India

Navine Murshid (Colgate University), Whatever happened to Bengali Nationalism? Marginalization of Bengali Muslims in West Bengal

M. Raisur Rahman (Wake Forest University), UP Muslims: From Separate Electorates to Sachar Committee Report and After

Nagesh Rao (), Schröedinger’s Kashmiris: Colonized subjects as fifth columnists in the metropole

Friday, October 18th 2019, 5:30-6:30 PM

SAMSA Open Business Meeting:

Come and connect with colleagues in the field. All are Welcome!

Past Events

2017 SAMSA Pre-Conference in session. Photo Courtesy: Roger D. Long