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History Seminar: Sufi Spaces and Articulation of Power in Sultanate Gujarat

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2022 -

The Department of History and Archaeology invites you to our final seminar of the Spring 2022 Series. The session titled Sufi Spaces and Articulation of Power in Sultanate Gujarat’ will be delivered by Ms. Jyoti Gulati Balachandran, Assistant Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University, on 14 April 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please see the attached poster for more details.

In this talk, Jyoti Gulati Balachandran revisits the rise and consolidation of the Gujarat Sultanate in the context of the long fifteenth century, a period marked by significant political reconfigurations and socio-cultural dynamism in South Asia. By examining the historical accounts of state and community formation in Gujarat as recorded in court chronicles and Sufi texts in the fifteenth century, Balachandran highlights Gujarat’s often overlooked connections with the historical and narrative processes that had shaped the experience of many urban Muslim communities in north India and the Deccan. These processes included the expansion of Sufi residences (and shrines) as well as the production of a variety of Persian Sufi texts. A state-centered approach that locates the history of the Muslim community solely in the chronicles produced at the court of the Gujarat Sultanate thus obscures how certain Sufis had been central to the making of a new political dispensation in fifteenth-century Gujarat. 

Bio note
Jyoti Gulati Balachandran is Assistant Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on social and cultural histories of Muslim communities in Gujarat and the western Indian Ocean in the medieval and early modern period (c. 1200-1800). She is the author of Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, c. 1400-1650, published by Oxford University Press in 2020. Narrative Pasts, a finalist for the 2022 British Association for South Asian Studies Book Prize, reconstructs the literary, social, and historical world of Sufi preceptors, disciples and descendants who shaped the textual articulations of the Muslim past and of the region of Gujarat from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. She is currently working on Muslim scholarly networks between Gujarat and the Arabian Peninsula in the sixteenth century.  

Thursday 14, Apr 2022
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM