A blog by Sara Surani

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Throughout my time in Ali Asani’s course “Muslim Societies in South Asia: Religion, Culture, and Identity,” I was heavily immersed in literature concerning the numerous elements that contribute to the emergence and persistence of Islam in the Indian subcontinent.  While the course addressed themes of religion and culture, it was also a religiously enlightening experience—I […]


Posted at: December 9th, 2015 - 11:58 pm - Number of Comments » 0

In order to creatively express Eaton’s piece on “Sufi Folk Literature and the Expansion of Indian Islam, “ I composed this musical composition. In Eaton’s article, he details how expressions of love are often epitomized through songs and music. He notes the example of the songs women sang while working, and how these songs were […]


Posted at: December 9th, 2015 - 11:57 pm - Number of Comments » 0

This photograph was taken as a response to Khawar Mumtaz and Farida Shaheed’s “Women of Pakistan: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back” and Peter Awn’s “Indian Islam: The Shah Bano Affair.” These two pieces exemplify how women are often oppressed and thought of as inferior to men. Both pieces explain how political authorities and legal […]


Posted at: December 9th, 2015 - 11:57 pm - Number of Comments » 0

This piece was inspired by Fazlur Rahman’s “Muslim Modernism in the Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent.” The reading grappled with the dichotomy between old political and social structures that promoted Muslim hegemony and new structures based on Western and British rule. This also coincides with Ahmad Khan’s argument concerning how the work of good cannot conflict with the […]


Posted at: December 9th, 2015 - 11:57 pm - Number of Comments » 0

  This piece was inspired by Lawrence Ziring’s “Politics of Language in Pakistan: Prolegomena 1947-1952” and Rafiqul Islam’s “The Bengali Language Movement and the Emergence of Bangladesh.” I created this piece to illustrate the influence language has on one’s identity. On a mirror, I transcribed the word “identity” in four languages: Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and […]


Posted at: December 9th, 2015 - 11:57 pm - Number of Comments » 0

  This pencil and paper drawing was inspired by Chapter 4 of Sufia Uddin’s book Constructing Bangladesh: Religion, Ethnicity, and Language in an Islamic Nation. This piece not only addresses the commonalities and differences between two cultural traditions that lead to misunderstandings, but it also reflects on another common theme in the course: separation. In […]


Posted at: December 2nd, 2015 - 5:51 pm - Number of Comments » 0

I think of you during the day, When the sun comes out and the children come out to play. Their loud laughter reminds me of your tender whispers in my ear The whispers I long to hear when I fall asleep at night. I think of you during the evening, When mother makes her ginger […]


Posted at: December 2nd, 2015 - 7:36 am - Number of Comments » 0