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New initiative at SOAS: Muslim South Asia Research Forum [MUSA]

MUSA is a new cross-disciplinary initiative focused on bringing together PhD students and early career researchers working on any aspect of Muslim societies in the countries of South Asia.

Our mission is to build an active community of young researchers who know each other as people, and as scholars, practitioners and intellectuals. Through MUSA we create an activity hub and a platform for networking and exchanging ideas, as well as showcasing  new research on Muslim South Asia.

The ‘Muslim’ in MUSA is meant in the broadest sense, including communities and cultures that interface with Muslim societies in any context. Geographically we cut a wide swathe, encompassing Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and their diasporic communities.

We strongly believe that promoting this network of young researchers and creating visible platforms for us to demonstrate fresh ideas, will infuse energy and variety into the understanding of South Asian Muslim societies from multiple perspectives such as anthropology, law, development studies, economics, music, media, languages, politics and history.

Housed at SOAS, under the umbrella of the Centre of South Asian Studies, and reaching out to young researchers and practitioners internationally, we will be hosting regular networking events and a one-day, annual conference. We are also building a directory of researchers on Muslim South Asia, which includes information on their specific research topics. Our Facebook page will serve as a central noticeboard of all events, activities and initiatives relevant to the study of Muslim South Asia.

Please join us for our LAUNCH EVENT ON THURSDAY 9 May 2013. This is an evening social at the SOAS SCR, with drinks, nibbles and a short opening address by Professor Werner Menski (Law, Multiculturalism and Human Rights in South Asia).

To find out more pls visit our website: http://www.soas.ac.uk/southasianstudies/musa/

Please like us on Facebook: MusaResearchForum

Email us on: musa@soas.ac.uk

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