Islam in Asia:   Traditions and Transformation

An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 12 to July 7, 2017 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program

Week Two:  Formation of a Global Community:  Islam in South and Southeast Asia

This week opens a discussion, led by Bruce Lawrence, of how Muslim networks of both merchants and mystics shaped historical developments around the western Indian Ocean, including Africa, Arabia and South Asia. Focusing on the period from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, Lawrence will explore the main strategies used to spread Islam, how it took hold of societies and merged with local cultures. On Tuesday morning, Paul Lavy (University of Hawaiˋi) will explore the influence of Islam on the visual arts of South Asia. On Wednesday morning, Anna Stirr (University of Hawaiˋi) will continue this discussion with a session on the fertile interplay of Islamic and indigenous South Asian traditions of performing arts and music. Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell) will join the program on Wednesday afternoon to examine the extension of regional interactions into Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Malaysia and Indonesia, and will follow up on Thursday afternoon with a session focused on the interplay of Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic traditions in Southeast Asia. The week will close with a visual commentary on Tagliacozzo’s sessions by Paul Lavy, exploring the dynamic incorporation and adaptation of Islamic themes and aesthetic ideals in the visual arts of Southeast Asia.

The House of Bijapur, Artist:Painting by Kamal
Muhammad (active 1680s), Chand Muhammad
(active 1680s),1680, India, Deccan, Bijapur
(Photo credit:  www.metmuseum.org)