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Start of the lecture series "Bangladesh Studies – Culture, Politics, Migration"
The topic of the first (video) event of the new SAI lecture series "Bangladesh Studies - Culture, Politics, Migration" on Thursday, April 15, 4.15pm - 6pm (CET), is "Socio-cultural Developments and Women´s Rights in the Bangladesh Diaspora". Mr. Hamidul Khan (founder of Immigrant Book Fair/Frankfurt a.M., publisher: "Rokeya. The most important women´s rights activist of Bangladesh and India", Bertugan Publishing House, Dec. 2020) and Ms. Eshita Binte Shirin Nazrul (PhD student, Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn) will be the speakers. You can download the poster here.
Posted on 08 Apr 2021
Translating Islam, Translating Religion : Conceptions of Religion and Islam in the Aligarh Movement
CrossAsia-eBooks has published Translating Islam, Translating Religion: Conceptions of Religion and Islam in the Aligarh Movement by Arian Hopf.
Religion is commonly perceived as an unequivocally defined concept. However, a historic perspective raises questions about this understanding and reveals religion as a concept that developed only in a process of negotiation with other religions. In particular, the 19th century is of special interest in this regard, as the colonial encounter intensifies tremendously in South Asia. The religions of South Asia are scrutinised, categorised and compared to Christianity by Europeans, which leads to the development of religion as abstractum. Missionary and orientalist critique as well as modern science pose to be an entirely new confrontation for the Muslims of South Asia. This book aims to analyse Muslim responses to this confrontation, which imply a translation of Islam as a religion as well as an adaption of the concept of religion itself. The Aligarh Movement is of particular interest in this regard, as it intensively engages in these debates, trying to integrate a re-interpretation of Islam in these discourses.

Posted on 05 Mar 2021
Volume 37 of Zeitschrift für Indologie und Südasienstudien published
At the end of 2020, volume 37 of the Zeitschrift für Indologie und Südasienstudien (ed. by Prof. Hans Harder and Prof. Ute Hüsken) was published by Hempen Verlag. This volume also contains two contributions by members of the South Asia Institute (Prof. Ute Hüsken, Dr. Justyna Kurowska). Two further contributions (Heidi Pauwels, Stefano Pellò) emerged from the event “Speaking Across Borders” in honor of Prof. em Monika Boehm-Tettelbach (Jan 2018). More about the volume here
Posted on 11 Feb 2021
Contact person for students in social, psychological or study-related emergencies
Contact person for students in social, psychological or study-related emergencies

Prof. Gerrit Kloss
gerrit.kloss@skph.uni-heidelberg.de
Posted on 05 Feb 2021
Online International Conference [MHRD-SPARC Supported], 15-17 March, 2021
Online International Conference [MHRD-SPARC Supported] on:

Language Ideologies and the 'Vernacular' in South Asian Colonial and Post-colonial Literature(s) and Public Spheres 

Organized by Prof. Nishat Zaidi and Dr. Saroj K. Mahananda (English Dept, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi) and Prof. Hans Harder and Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner (Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures, SAI/CATS, Heidelberg University)

15-17 March, 2021
Posted on 21 Jan 2021

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