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International Discussion Series: Invoking History to Confront Hindu-Muslim Tensions in India

Interreligious tensions are a persistent and arguably a growing problem in contemporary India. The past few decades have witnessed several large-scale assaults on Muslim peoples and Islamic monuments by right-wing Hindu nationalists, and smaller incidents of violence against Indian Muslim and Christian minorities are an ongoing problem. In this talk, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Audrey Truschke will analyze modern, religious-based clashes in India through the lens of history. She will confront head-on the flawed but unrelenting assumption that communal conflicts are a historical constant in India. She will also analyze the notable hostility that historians and researchers on such topics frequently encounter in the public sphere. Even in the face of substantial opposition, we can articulate new options for India going forward by recovering different ways that Hindus and Muslims related to one another historically.



Thursday, November 19, 2015. 12:00 PM


Bechtel International Center


Bechtel International Center


All are welcome!
Lunch will be served at 11:45am.