We’re happy to announce that Assistant Professor of Religion Teena Purhoit‘s book–The Aga Khan Case: Religion and Identity in Colonial India–has just been released by Harvard University Press. The book presents an alternative to the Arab-centric view that dominates understanding of Islam in the west. She argues for a view of Islam as a “heterogeneous religion that has found a variety of expressions in local contexts.”
Purohit joined the Department of Religion in Fall 2009. She received her Ph.D in Religion at Columbia University in 2007. She has taught classes on major texts of the Middle East and South Asia at Columbia University and South Asian Religions at UC Irvine. Her research and teaching interests focus on modern Islam South Asian religions, religion and colonialism, and South Asian history.