South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Spring 2019 South Asia Seminar Series: "Peace with All (Sulh-i Kull) Religions": Indo Persian Political Theology and Cosmopolitanism

Thu, January 17, 2019
Spring 2019 South Asia Seminar Series:
"Akbar and the Jesuits," Illustration to the Akbarnama, miniature painting by Nar Singh, ca. 1605

The South Asia Institute is pleased to announce our Spring 2019 South Asia Seminar Series!

"Peace with All (Sulh-i Kull) Religions": Indo Persian Political Theology and Cosmopolitanism

The Mughal empire under the emperor Akbar instituted the policy of Sulh-i Kull, "peace with all" religions or "total peace." This stance stood in stark contrast to policies of the Mughals’ Muslim contemporaries, the Sunni Ottomans and the Shi‘i Safavids. This seminar series will explore the genealogy and afterlife of this Mughal experiment by inviting a number of scholars from across the disciplines—history, literature, art history, religious studies, sociology of religion—and area specializations—North India, South India, Pakistan, Iran, Ottoman empire, Mongol Inner Asia.

January 31, 3:30-5pm
Azfar Moin, UT Austin, on "Oaths of Peace: A New Look at the Mughal Policy of 'Peace with All (Sulh-i Kull) Religions'"

February 15, 9am-12pm - Workshop 1: The Mughal Era
Rajeev Kinra, Northwestern University
Audrey Truschke, Rutgers University (Newark), on "Situating Sulh-i Kull in Mughal India"

February 28, 3:30-5pm
Christopher Atwood, University of Pennsylvania
Discussant: Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University

March 28, 3:30-5pm
Caleb Simmons, University of Arizona, on "Tipu Sultan, Cultic Kingship, and Sulh-i Kull: Ritual, Law, and the Suspension of Monotheism in the Mysore Sultanate"

April 12, 9am-12pm -  Workshop 2: Comparison with Islamic Empires
Giancarlo Casale, University of Minnesota, on "Mehmed the Conqueror between Universal Empire and Prisca Theologia"
Dan Sheffield, Princeton University

April 25, 3:30-5pm - Workshop 3: The case of Pakistan
Arif Masood, Comsats University Islamabad, on "The Mughal Spirit in Pakistan’s National Monument"Sadia Saeed, Univeristy of San Francisco, on "Public Religion and the Symbolic Politics of Citizenship Exclusion
in Iran and Pakistan"

May 2, 3:30-5pm
Yael Rice, Amherst University, on "The Forms of Civility: Paintings, Books, and Empire in Mughal South Asia"

All seminars will take place in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118). A reception will be held a half hour before each afternoon event.
Convener: Azfar Moin

Sponsored by the South Asia Institute, with support from the Islamic Studies Initiative, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of History, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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