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New Book by Faculty Member Eric Beverley on South Asian History

Beverley, Eric Lewis. Hyderabad, British India, and the World: Muslim Networks and Minor Sovereignty, C. 1850-1950. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 361 pp. ISBN: 9781107091191

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This examination of the formally autonomous state of Hyderabad in a global comparative framework challenges the idea of the dominant British Raj as the sole sovereign power in the late colonial period. Beverley argues that Hyderabad’s position as a subordinate yet sovereign ‘minor state’ was not just a legal formality, but that in exercising the right to internal self-government and acting as a conduit for the regeneration of transnational Muslim intellectual and political networks, Hyderabad was indicative of the fragmentation of sovereignty between multiple political entities amidst Empires. By exploring connections with the Muslim world beyond South Asia, law and policy administration along frontiers with the colonial state and urban planning in expanding Hyderabad City, Beverley presents Hyderabad as a locus for experimentation in global and regional forms of political modernity. This book recasts the political geography of late imperialism and historicises Muslim political modernity in South Asia and beyond.

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Zolov as Guest on “Fresh Outlook” to Discuss US-Cuban Relations

Eric Zolov appeared as a guest specialist on the cable news program, “Fresh Outlook,” to discuss the removal of Cuba from the U.S. State Department’s list of sponsors of international terrorism.

Zolov on Fresh Outlook

Humanities Institute Event on 4/14/2015 featuring History Department Faculty

Humanities Institute at Stony Brook
Workshop on Gender and Religion
Tuesday, April 14
2:30 – 6:00 pm, Humanities 1008

2:30 – 4:00 Gender, Body, Religion in Modern Africa (Chair: Tracey Walters)
Christian Mobility, Muslim Invisibility: Bodies and Difference in Northern Nigeria
Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook University

Schooling, Spirit Possession, and the “Modern Girl” in Niger
Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University

 4:00 – 4:30 Coffee Break

 4:30 – 6:00 Gender, Body, Religion in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Chair: Sara Lipton)
Help-Mates and Soul Mates: Trans(sexual)migration of Souls in Sixteenth–Century Kabbalah
Joshua Teplitsky, Stony Brook University

Curating the Body in Francisco Delicado’s Retrato de la Lozana Andaluza
Israel Burshatin, Haverford College

 6:00 – 6:30 Comments and General Discussion

 6:30 – 7:00 Reception

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for the Study of Jewish, Christian, Muslim Relations
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Doctoral Student wins Fulbright

Congratulations to Stony Brook History Department PhD student Erica Mukherjee, who has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for 2015-16. The grant will support 9 months of research in India on her dissertation project, “The Real and Imagined Environments of the Colonial Indian Railways.”

Zolov on Cuba reforms in HuffPo

The recent announcement of diplomatic relations with Cuba inspired Prof. Eric Zolov to pen an op-ed, “Let’s Revisit Helms-Burton,” which appeared in the Huffington Post series “90 Miles: Rethinking the Future of U.S.-Cuban Relations.”

Long before Boko Haram…

As Boko Haram continues its deadly campaign, Prof. Shobana Shankar explores parallels between Boko Haram and other marginalized groups in the history of the northern part of Nigeria.