This module uses autobiographical writing to chart wider cultural transitions experienced by Muslims in South Asia in the modern era. Of particular interest is the way in which South Asian Muslims adapted the long tradition of recording life stories in Islam under the influence of colonialism and reformism. To what degree do life writings reflect changing notions of self and identity among Muslims? Students will be introduced to autobiography, Islam and the self as theoretical concepts before turning to different lives told - by princes, scholars, saints, reformers, educationalists, politicians, feminists, writers, actors and/or immigrants.
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||The module will be taught in five, two-hour seminars. The first will introduce you to central themes, concepts and approaches relating to autobiography, identity and the self in Muslim South Asia (Learning Outcomes 1 & 2). The next four will then focus on specific case studies of autobiographical writings reflecting different social groupings and historical contexts (LOs 1, 2 & 3). Preparation for class will involve a wide reading of relevant secondary and primary materials. Seminars will then provide a forum for students to present their research and ideas, share knowledge and debate controversial issues (LO 4). Students will, in addition have individual tutorial contact with the module leader in order to discuss their written work for this module (LO 5).
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