Pakistan & Modern South Asia

COURSE TITLE: Pakistan & Modern South Asia

DAYS: Monday, Wednesday and Friday* (In Ramzan, Friday classes will be held on Saturday)
TIMINGS: 10:30 AM – 12: 10 PM

Course Description:

For the first time in history, nation-states – including that of Pakistan – emerged in the region of South Asia in the middle of the 20th century. How did such a world-historical event come about? What has it meant for the peoples of this region? In short, what is the history of our present? This question takes on a particular urgency in Pakistan as the region passes through the current period of crisis and change. With a special focus on the emergence and trajectory of Indo-Muslim nationalism and the creation of Pakistan, this course will be a conspectus of the modern history of South Asia from the colonial period, including the rise of anti-colonial nationalism and decolonization, to the Cold War and the contemporary period of turmoil and transformation. While focusing on the history of Pakistan’s challenging present, students will also learn about the larger, regional and global context in which that history has unfolded. Apart from the main outlines of the history of modern South Asia, students will also learn to place the region’s colonial modernity within the larger framework of modern history. Students will crucially learn to identify major features of the colonial economy and state under which – especially after the Great Rebellion of 1857 – regional religious and other social reform movements emerged, nationalisms formed, and the dramatic transformation of regional traditions took place, processes that continue into the present.

Who can attend:

  • Habib University Students
  • Habib University Employees
  • Regular full-time students enrolled in an Undergraduate or Master’s Program at any recognized University of Pakistan or aboard