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SAMSA update, December 1, 2012

1. At the Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin, SAMSA sponsored a panel on “Politics of Identity & Memory among South Asian\ Muslims,” with papers by:

--Roger Long (on Liaquat Ali Khan)
--Taj Hashmi (on Karamat Ali Jaunpuri)
--Theodore Wright (on Badruddin Tyabji)

Also during the Annual South Asia Conference, SAMSA held its Board meeting, a quorum of six members elected the following officers for a three year term:

--President: Roger Long
--Vice President: Laura Dudley Jenkins
--Secretary: Farhat Haq
--Treasurer: Chris Candland

Chris offered to work on obtaining tax exempt status.

2. SAMSA’s proposal for the AAS (Association for Asian Studies) March 21-24, 2013 (San Diego) on “Paths to Social Mobility for South Asian Muslims” with papers by Laura Jenkins (convener), Taj Hashmi, Mariam Mufti, and Ted Wright has been accepted.

3. ACSIS (American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies) will meet April 5-6, 2013 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.  Abstracts are due Jan.15, 2013 and may be sent to Robert Hazen: It has been suggested that ACSIS meet in South Africa in 2014 if a host institution can be found.

4. SASA (South Asian studies Association) with which SAMSA is now affiliated, will meet April 19-21 at SUNY Albany. Proposals should be sent to Muthusami Kumaran:

5. Next year, the Annual Conference on South Asia, will take place at Madison on Oct.17-20, 2013. Proposals are due April 1, 2013. Those interested in participating, please send suggestions to Roger Long:

6. The NYCAS (New York Conference on Asian Studies) will meet at (SUNY) Binghamton University September 27-28, 2013. Proposals are due by May 31, 2013 and may be sent to:


SAMSA update, September 15, 2012

1.  SAMSA sponsored panel at Wisconsin is titled: "Rubrics of Identity and Memory among South Asian Muslims" and will take place on Friday, October 12, 1:45-3:30 pm in Conference Room 2 (second floor) with papers by:

--Taj Hashmi, “From Jihad to Islamic Reforms and Modernism: Karamat Ali Jaunpuri and Muslims in Bengal, 1820s-1870s”
--Zillur R. Khan, “The Mover of the Pakistan Resolution: A. K. Fazlul Haq”
--Roger Long, “Liaquat Ali Khan and the Politics of Nostalgia”
--Theodore Wright, “Memory in the Evolution of Family History in theTyabji Clan of Bombay”

2.  SAMSA’s next board meeting (open to all interested scholars) will be in Madison during the Annual South Asia Conference on Saturday, noon -1:30 in Parlor 634. There will be an election for the next three year term of President, Vice President and Secretary. Irfan Omar has completed his three year term as president and will not be running for a second term. Any board members who would like to be nominated for office but will not be at Wisconsin should notify Irfan or Ted. Also on the agenda is the need to consider possible programs and panels for the ACSIS at Seton Hall University in New Jersey (April 5-6, 2013), and SASA at SUNY, Albany (April 19-21 2013). Ray Bromley and Muthusami Kumaran, SASA host and chair respectively have asked that we consider submitting panel proposals. SAMSA members have submitted a panel proposal for AAS in San Diego, March 21-24, 2013, and should know the program committee’s decision by mid-October 2012.

3.  Nadeem Hasnain of the University of Lucknow, a former Fulbright fellow at St. Lawrence University, N.Y. who is the editor of Islam and Muslim Societies, a social science journal, is seeking submission of articles. For details visit:


SAMSA update, May 15, 2012

1. During his trip to Pakistan in April to attend the joint conference of ACSIS and SAMSA, Theodore Wright, Jr. was honored by the International Islamic University in Islamabad. He received a plaque in recognition of his fifty years of research on South Asian Muslims. The plaque was given by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan.

2. The NYCAS (New York Conference on Asian Studies) will be held at SUNY New Paltz Sept.28-29, 2012. For proposals please contact David Elstein and Akira Shimada at Deadline for proposals is May 15, 2012.

3. The next AAS (Association for Asian Studies) annual conference will be in San Diego, March 21- 24, 2013. The deadline for proposals will be early August 2012.

4. The next meeting of ACSIS (American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies) will be held at Seton Hall University in New Jersey in April 2013.

5. Last Fall SAMSA became affiliated with SASA, the South Asian Studies Association (  The call for papers for their next annual meeting will come out in January 2013.


SAMSA update, April 10, 2012
From: Ted Wright, Newsletter editor

1. The joint conference of SAMSA and ACSIS (American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies) met in two sessions in Pakistan this March.

First session met at International Islamic University in Islamabad, hosted by the University’s current president, Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad (who is a former president of SAMSA) from March 6-7, 2012.

The Second session was organized at the Forman Christian College University, Lahore, March 11-12, and was hosted by Dr. Grace Clark.

Seven members of ACSIS from the United States participated: John Caldwell, Charles H. Kennedy, Masood Raja, Jeff Redding, Margaret Ronkin, Afroz Taj, and Theodore Wright, Jr. Three other members were already in Pakistan: Mumtaz Ahmad, Mary Linda Armacost, and Grace Clark. Nineteen Pakistani scholars participated as presenters or discussants.

2. Several members of SAMSA’s executive board proposed a paper or panel for the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI

-Christopher Candland proposed a single paper on “Faith and Philanthropy in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”  It examines the work of Pakistan's leading private, political party, and government philanthropies in creating the “Islamic Welfare State.” 

-Roger Long proposed a panel entitled: “Rubrics of Identity and Memory among South Asian Muslims.” Participants include Theodore Wright, Jr. (chair and presenter), Taj Hashmi, Zillur Khan, and Roger Long as presenters.

-Mariam Mufti proposed a panel entitled “Approaches to the Study of Democracy in Pakistan.” Participants include herself, Arsalan Khan (University of Virginia), Maira Hayat (Univ. of Chicago), and Farhat Haq serving as discussant.

-Irfan A. Omar proposed a single paper on “Inter-religious Hermeneutics: Dara Shikuh’s ‘Islamic’ View of the ‘Other’.” His paper examines the implications of inter-religious hermeneutics as a viable methodology which Dara used to (inter-religiously) interpret Hindu and Islamic religious texts within the context of his encounters with the Hindu ‘other’.

-M. Raisur Rahman proposed a single paper on “Identity, Genealogy, History: Family and Community in Colonial North Indian Qasbahs” as part of a panel on family in South Asia. His paper explores family as a basic unit of social and intellectual life and a marker of identity, intersecting individual and community and draws upon a number of Muslim families from qasbah towns. 


SAMSA update, Nov 20, 2011

SAMSA’s Joint Conference with ACSIS in Pakistan in 2012

SAMSA update, June 5, 2011 

SAMSA Newsletter, February 2011

SAMSA mourns the loss of a noted scholar of South Asian Muslim Studies, Dr. Omar Khalidi (1954-2010)

SAMSA Newsletter, October 2010