This paper explores the form and function of Hajj narratives in early modern South Asia. It addresses, in particular, a rich but understudied guide written for would-be pilgrims from western India: ‘The Inner Life of the Visit to the Beloved’ (Hayat al-qulub fi ziyarat al-mahbub). As a manuscript in its specific genre, I suggest that ‘The Inner Life’ was an unprecedented Indo-Persian manual on the Hajj, not least because it was produced outside the contexts of courtly scribal cultures.

In 1957, as India conducted its second general elections, there was an outbreak of police and communal violence in parts of Tamil Nadu that lasted a full fortnight. This presentation revisits 1957 and its hotly contested legacies in contemporary India, to examine how electoral consciousness offered opportunities for citizens to negotiate coercive state authority.

The South Asia Program Monday seminar covers a wide range of topics and is held at 12:15pm in G08 Uris Hall. The Program's 60th Anniversary Celebration continues with a performance by YO, Songs of the People: Music from the Heart of Japan and the Spirit of India on April 19th.

Nepal: The Cornell-Nepal Study Program (CNSP) is a joint venture between Cornell University and Tribhuvan National University of Nepal, with the independent field research project as its highlight. India: The Nilgiris Field Learning Center is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort that explores the notions of sustainable environments and livelihoods, see video. Sri Lanka: The Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Educational (ISLE) Program offers an interdisciplinary one-semester introduction to Sri Lankan culture, including a local home-stay experience and independent research on topics including environmental studies, healing, conflict, and religion. See the Cornell Abroad website for additional information on study abroad in South Asia. More..