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Gastvortrag von Dr. Najeeba Arif: „East-West Encounter in Nineteenth Century India: Early Indian Muslim Visitors to Europe“ (15.01.13, 16:15Uhr, Raum 316)
Dr. Najeeba Arif, Assistant Professor
(Department of Urdu, International Islamic University Islamabad )

„East-West Encounter in Nineteenth Century India: Early Indian Muslim Visitors to Europe“  

Datum: Dienstag, 15. Januar 2013, 16:15 Uhr
Ort: SAI, Raum 316

The nineteenth century marked the advent of modernism in the Sub-continent as a result of major political, social and cultural changes in medieval India. The transition of the sub-continent from a traditional society to a developing modern civilization was the most critical period of the sub-continent. Two diverse civilizations were struggling to take over and dominate each other. In these circumstances, a very limited number of individuals could get an opportunity to visit Europe and observe closely the social and political implications of modernity. Even fewer were able to write these observations and experiences to share them with their countrymen. Studying these narratives lets us peep into the minds of Muslim aristocracy of the declining Mughal Empire and also explore the impact of the cultural shock they had suffered as a result of the direct encounter with a modern European society. This study focuses on the first travel narratives of South Asian Muslims written in the vernacular language Urdu during the first half of the nineteenth century.   

All are cordially invited!
Dr. Christina Oesterheld
Posted on 08 Jan 2013
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