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Clear the confusion regarding Islam

The difficulty is that self-appointed custodians of Islam have taken it upon themselves to set things right using violence.  ...

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Read the historians of medieval India

For better politics and intellectual legitimation, we must know about our vast historical traditions.   Delhi’s Aakar Books has done...

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State has responsibilities towards minority cultures

Dominant social and political formations invoking numerical majorities of different kinds—whether inspired by religious obscurantism, traditional hierarchies, or conservative patriarchal...

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Assumptions on Nalanda questioned

A voluminous and timely book published by Dr Pintu Kumar of the Department of History, Motilal Nehru College (Evening), University...

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With prayers for sanity in Kashmir

The volume helps us move beyond the usual ways of thinking about Kashmir that have proven abortive.   Amidst the...

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Literature helps revisit Assam’s history

The vast Assamese literature reveals various registers of literary culture in operation.   This writer was recently invited as guest...

Islamic heritage of peace, tolerance celebrated

The India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi, organised this week a special address on “Islamic Heritage: Promoting Understanding and Moderation”,...

500 years of Kabir celebrated

The Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, University of Delhi, organised this week a two-day seminar on “Kabir: Different Perspectives” to...

Urs of Sufi saints points to their relevance

The dargah of Chishti Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in central Delhi is buzzing this week with large crowds of...

Some thoughts on the Padmavati Controversy

Making sense of contested historical legacies at times of widespread ignorance and suspicion is a difficult proposition. The Sufi poet...

Probe dispassionately Islam’s spread in India

A proper appreciation of the history of Islam in the Indian subcontinent—from the early inroads made into Sindh in the...

‘Peace with all is the mantra for success’

The Motilal Nehru College (Evening), University of Delhi, recently organised a two-day UGC sponsored national seminar on “Today’s India: Culture,...

Of spiritual gurus and impostors

Amidst all the accounts of sleazy scandals of the misnomer of a guru, it was a bit odd to think...

Delhi should be declared World Heritage City

Historically, mosque and tomb architecture offer finest examples of medieval Islamic building activities, drawing upon various kinds of styles and...

In memory of a historian, Biswamoy Pati

The University of Delhi (DU) has just lost one of the senior most and popular historians on its faculty. In...

Sufism remains heart of Islam, even now

This writer has just published a book, addressing some of the fiercely contested issues about religion and politics in medieval...

History is misused for identity driven politics

Regular abuses of the past in the politics of the present make history a hot subject. The tension between accepted...

Sufi establishments stand for love and tolerance

Located in the picturesque terrain adjacent to the historic Vijayanagara city of Hampi, the Kannada University recently organised a two-day...

The story of Piro and the Gulabdasis

The story of Piro and the Gulabdasis

Historical writings on the marginal sections of society have seen some very fine scholarship in recent years. Professor Anshu Malhotra’s...

Padmavati: History, memory, traditions

Padmavati: History, memory, traditions

The recent controversy over the production of a film on Padmavati is part of a long history of struggle over...

Polygamy, triple talaq in Emperor Akbar’s life

Mulla Abdul Qadir Badauni has offered an important counter-critique of Mughal imperial ideology under Jalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar (ruled 1556-1605). Badauni’s...

Historic projects of Muhammad Tughlaq

Fourteenth-century Delhi Sultan Muhammad bin Tughlaq’s outrageous farmans, orders, are remembered in textbooks. The Sultan’s eventful rule for nearly 26...

Understand religious texts in contexts

This writer has recently co-edited a collection of essays with Professor David Curley of Western Washington University, offering historical analysis...

One day in the life of a Sufi

One day in the life of a Sufi

Terror and violence have become central to contemporary political discussion on Islam, as is the case with narratives of medieval...