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Un/settled Relations? India, Minorities and the Tropes of Jewish-Muslim Difference

Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

Event Information

26th February, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birkbeck, University of London
Yulia Egorova, Durham University

In this seminar Yulia Egorova will talk about her recent monograph Jews and Muslims in South Asia: Reflections on Difference, Religion and Race, which puts the growing literature on Jewish-Muslim relations in dialogue with academic interventions interrogating anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and their overlapping histories. Focusing both on the diverse encounters between South Asian Jews and Muslims and on the conceptual links between notions of Jewishness and meanings assigned to being Muslim on the subcontinent, Egorova  argues that popular narratives about perceived Jewish-Muslim antagonism (or similarity) are often a product of the same discourses that have historically constructed Jews and Muslims as the other, and that in contemporary India, South Asian Jewish experiences have been turned into a rhetorical tool to negate evidence of discrimination directed against minorities. 

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