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SAC presents: Afsar Mohammad

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Afsar MohammadLecturer, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

“History is My Story!”: Women’s Devotional Narratives in South Indian Sufism

“For you history is history, for me it’s my story and I find relief in telling my own story when I tell this history of pirs,” said 75-year old Saidamma. During the month of Muharram, when women devotees hold their own story and dance performances, Saidammanever misses the occasion. She considers that her moment and the entire history of Karbala becomes her autobiography! This presentation seeks to capture that specific moment of women’s story-telling and their interpretations of Islamic history by examining various autobiographical narrative strategies that women story-tellers use in telling stories of martyrs, Sufi saints and local deities.

Sponsored by the Department of Religion, and the South Asia Center at the Moynihan Institute of Global affairs.

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To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.