Muslim Studies Faculty and Students Travel to Hyderabad, India for Persianate Studies Convention

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January 31st, 2012

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Prof. Sunil Sharma, Chris Taylor, and Prof. Houchang Chehabi

Houchang Chehabi, a professor of International Relations and History was among the three Boston University scholars chosen to present papers at the Fifth Biennial Convention of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies. The convention, held in early January in Hyderbad, India, attracted scholars from all over the world who presented their academic research and written work.  Chahabi’s paper, “Controversy around Titles in Late Qajar Iran”, analyzes the Qajar era, and the use of titles while delineating the political actions that led to their decline and eventual fall to the new Pahlavi Iran era.

Boston University’s professor of Persian and Urdu Literature, Sunil Sharma, also presented his paper entitled, “Mughal Shahnama from Ahmedabad: Sub-Imperial or Provincial?” where he studies the early manuscript of Firduasi and traces the history of the art piece from its inception to future ownership.

Former graduate student of the Department of Anthropology, Chris Taylor (CAS ’09), presented his paper on his recent fieldwork conducted in Herat, Afghanistan. The paper, “Islamic alms in Afghan Cities”, tries to illustrate the complex meanings behind the act of almsgiving in the Afghan village. He discusses how international Islamic discourse takes shape in the community and emerges as a response to the instability in the area. He is currently researching civic participation and ethnic and Islamic identities in Persian societies.

Hosted by the Hyderabad’s Maulana Azad National Urdu University, the event was co-sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Iran Heritage Foundation (London), the Roshan Center for Persian Studies (University of Maryland).

Information regarding convention derived from the Association for the Study of Perisianate Studies.