The colloquium will discuss the draft of a chapter from a book project entitled “Islamic Pasts and Futures: Conceptual Explorations.” The projected book consists of a series of interpretive essays that critique the way Islamic history has been conceptualized in modern scholarship and suggests alternatives. Advocating the adoption of multiple temporal frameworks, Shahzad Bashir suggests that to discuss the Islamic past, scholars must take many types of sources into account and treat these with greater conceptual clarity and methodological self-consciousness. His book is meant as an intervention in the field of Islamic history and the chapter under discussion lays out the general parameters of his perspective.
Shahzad Bashir (Brown University, Middle Eastern Studies)
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