"The Question of Mughal Decline Revisited" Subject of Pomona College Lecture on Oct. 26
Historian Muzaffar Alam will present a lecture on “The Question of Mughal Decline Revisited” on Friday, Oct. 26 at 4:15 p.m., at Pomona College (Hahn Building Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). In his lecture, Alam will revisit the issues relating to the crisis of empire in Mughal India, exploring the politics and culture of the 18th century world.
Alam’s most recent book, Writing the Mughal World: Studies on Culture and Politics (2012, co-authored with Sanjay Subrahmanyam), examines the Indo-Islamic dynasty’s political, cultural and commercial themes while exploring diplomacy, state-formation, history-writing, religious debate and political thought.
Among his other books are The Languages of Political Islam: India 1200-1800 (2004) and The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India (1986).
Alam is professor of South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago. His research interests include the history of religious and literary cultures in pre-colonial northern India; the history of Indo-Persian travel accounts; and comparative history of the Islamic world, as seen from an Indian perspective. He has taught courses on the history of the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empire, and has worked closely with students on advanced Urdu and Persian literary and historical texts.