Islam After Colonialism

Across the world, modern colonial rule has not only completely devastated the economies and ecologies of non-Western societies, it has dramatically transformed their cultures and traditions in innumerable ways. From the replacement of metaphysics and spirituality by historical and political religions, to the emergence of divisive nationalism and nation-states, the contemporary world cannot be understood without the profound impact of modern White supremacist colonial rule, based on modern ideas of racial and cultural segregation, historical superiority and the civilizing mission, and national competition for global power and Progress.

Habib University’s department of Comparative Liberal Studies and the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies have launched a fortnightly webinar series to explore not only the radical transformation of regional Islam during the period of modern apartheid colonial rule, but also the living potentials of the precolonial past, as well as the urgent decolonial question of what is possible today, what can we do, and how can we live now?

The Islam After Colonialism Series features some of the most exciting contemporary scholars of our region from across the world. The series, which has already become hugely popular, is scheduled to continue throughout 2021, and is sure to have an impact on changing the way we think about our inheritance, our relations, our region, our selves and and our world in this critical moment of human history.

Professor Faisal Devji (Oxford): Escaping the Global Event: Islam, India and the First World War

Professor Shankar Nair (Virginia): Pre-colonial Possibilities for the Post-colonial: Muslim-Hindu Interactions as a Source of Theory

Professor Shenila Khoja-Moolji (Bowdoin College): Resistance and Repair: Enacting a Decolonial Praxis in Teacher Professional Development

Professor Noman Baig (Habib): The Universe Within: The Anthropocosmic Self in Pakistan’s Sufi

Professor SherAli Tareen (Franklin & Marshall): Hindu-Muslim Encounters, Power, Politics, Political Theology

Professor Ebrahim Moosa (Notre Dame): Discursive Contestations in Post-colonial South Asian Muslim Thought

Dr. Layli Uddin (King’s College, London): Red Islam in South Asia: Sacred geographies, Networks and Oaths of Socialism