KUASIA and KO«KAM Seminar

Author: KUASIA and KO«KAM


Date: 17th May, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Room: CASE B38

Speaker: Prof. Faisal Devji, Oxford University & Visiting Professor at KUASIA 


Gender and the Generic Muslim Subject

Starting sometime in the latter half of the nineteenth century, European criticism of the status women in Islam spurred a debate on gender roles among Muslims in many parts of the world. While these discussions have received ample scholarly attention, this lecture will focus on the contradictory way in which the ‘Muslim Woman’ became Islam’s generic subject in the process. How might a woman represent Islam, and what shifts in gendered subjectivities result from it?

Short Biography of Speaker

Faisal Devji is Reader in Modern South Asian History and Fellow of St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford. He is also Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Institute of Public Knowledge Scholar at New York University. Devji has held positions at the University of Chicago, where he also received his PhD in intellectual history, Yale University, the New School for Social Research and the Graduate Institute in Geneva.  He is the author of four books, Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity (2005), The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (2009), The Impossible Indian: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence (2012) and Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea.