Sufism in India and Pakistan: Rethinking Islam, Democracy, and Identity

Friday and Saturday, September 25 -26

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm 

Location: Rooom 509 Knox Hall  606 West 122 Street NY , NY 

The conference schedule, list of participants and abstracts available at the IRCPL webstite. 

In contemporary politics, Sufis have been very much a part of the discourse, politics, and practice of Islam in the modern world. Western analysts often perceive Sufis as potential allies, and many incidents of violence against Sufis reinforce the notion that Sufism can be the antidote to intolerant and fundamentalist Islam. Yet Sufi practices and politics are much more complicated than these simple assertions would suggest.

This part of the Sufi Islam project, focused on South Asia, aims to increase our understanding of how Sufi groups have positioned themselves politically and socially in the modern world and with what consequences. This workshop will convene an interdisciplinary group of scholars to address the impact of local politics and sociocultural processes, global policy strategies, and scholarly commitments on the development of Sufism in recent decades while placing these recent developments within a deeper historical context.

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This event is sponsored by the  Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public