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First MUSA conference tackles Muslim representations, thought and practice

15 November 2013

The first annual graduate Muslim South Asia Research Forum (MUSA) conference at SOAS, University of London, showcased the work of young scholars from Europe, UK, the US, Pakistan and India across a range of disciplines, was held on 28 October 2013 in the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, University of London.

The themes discussed included Muslim Representations of Self and Others, Muslim Thought and Practice, Mobilisations and Activism and South Asian Muslims in Transnational Contexts. A key-note address was delivered by Professor Francis Robinson from University of Oxford, followed by a lively plenary discussion amongst discussants and with the audience. Podcasts will shortly be available on the MUSA website.

The MUSA Founding Committee said: “SOAS has a fantastic range of academics and students working on issues relevant to Muslim South Asia. Through MUSA, we bring SOAS at the centre of an interdisciplinary and international community of research students. As young scholars, practitioners and intellectuals we actively connect with more experienced academics, exchange ideas and collaborate with each other to promote new thinking and scholarship on South Asian muslim societies.”

MUSA is an inter-disciplinary research network launched in May 2013 and run by four SOAS students, Najia Mukhtar (PhD Politics), Johann Chacko (PhD Politics), Francesca Fuoli (PhD History) and Sameen Mohsin Ali (PhD - Politics). To find out more about MUSA visit the website. MUSA is part of the Centre of South Asian Studies at SOAS.