Faculty News


The Arab Spring by Hamid Dabashi published by Zed Books

May 8, 2012

"The Arab Spring", as it has become known, has rapidly become the foremost socio-political revolution of our times. Dabashi argues that these widespread social, cultural and political uprisings signify the end of Postcolonialism and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the region. Sketching a new geography of liberation, Dabashi shows how the Arab Spring has altered the geographies of the region so radically that we must begin reimagining the moral map of "the Middle East" afresh.

Professor Al-Musawi to speak at University of Chicago

Saturday, April 28, 2012 2:00 PM

Arabic Literature Professor Muhsin Al-Musawi will give a public lecture at the University of Chicago titled "The Medieval Islamic 'Republic of Letters"

 For more information click here

Professor Al-Musawi to speak at Duke University

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 1:30 PM

Arabic Literature Professor Muhsin Al-Musawi will give a public lecture at Duke University titled "Iraqi Culture at the Crossroads: Occupation and After"

Professor Mamdani receives honorary degree

April 24, 2012

Professor Mahmood Mamdani received an honorary doctorate from the University of Kwazulu Natal on April 24, 2012.

The text of his address may be found here

Sheldon Pollock on Sanskrit poetry at Poet's House

25th Anniversary Program Sheldon Pollock on Sanskrit poetry

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 7:00p

at Stanley Kunitz's Poets House, New York, NY

Scholar and translator Sheldon Pollock offers an overview of Sanskrit poetry, with samples drawn from both religious and secular literature, including The Ramayana India's most beloved and enduring legend and the spiritual classic Bhagavad Gita, one of the most popular texts of Hinduism.


Poetry of Kings by Allison Busch published by Oxford University Press

October 7, 2011

This in-depth study of the classical Hindi tradition brings the world of Mughal-era poetry and court culture alive for an English readership. Allison Busch draws on the perspectives of literary, social, and intellectual history to elucidate one of premodern India's most significant textual traditions, documenting the dramatic rise of a new type of professional Hindi writer while providing critical insight into the motives that animated this literary community and its patrons.

Busch examines how riti literature served as an important aesthetic and political resource in the richly multicultural world of Mughal India, and provides, for the first time in a Western language, a detailed study of the fascinating oeuvre of Keshavdas, whose seminal Rasikpriya (Handbook for poetry connoisseurs, 1591) was the catalyst for a new Hindi classicism that attracted a spectacular following in the leading courts of early modern India.

Busch provides valuable insight into more than two centuries of Hindi courtly culture. Poetry of Kings also showcases the importance of bringing precolonial archives into dialogue with current debates of postcolonial theory.