From independence to the present: Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Course Dates: 23/04/24 - 28/05/24
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Online
Join us to explore the fascinating histories of the lesser studied South Asian nation-states of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from decolonisation to the present.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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From independence to the present: Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
  • Course Code: HWH177
  • Dates: 23/04/24 - 28/05/24
  • Time: 19:00 - 20:30
  • Taught: Tue, Evening
  • Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Mirza Jaffer Abid

Course Code: HWH177

Tue, eve, 23 Apr - 28 May '24

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will analyse how the various conflicts and struggles that animate politics within these countries were a product of almost two hundred years of colonial rule. Using a comparative perspective, we will study the development of various social, cultural and political traditions within each country to understand how forces such as nationalism, religion and secularism have transformed the landscape of postcolonial South Asia.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

As Above.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Evaluate the impact of colonization and decolonization on Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
- Assess developments in cultural, social and political life in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required. As with all our courses, an willingness to engage respectfully with the topic and in any debates and discussions are all that is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lecture/Presentation/Q & A/Discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Please bring a notepad and pen if you wish to take notes.

Mirza Jaffer Abid

Jaffer is a historian who specializes in the history of Islam in nineteenth and twentieth century India and focuses on the intersections of intellectual and political history. Specifically, his work contributes to scholarship on the colonial and postcolonial history of Muslims in South Asia, Islamic reform and anticolonial modernisms in the global Muslim world. More broadly, it engages with debates in the humanities and social sciences on questions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism, modernity and secularism, and social identity and cultural difference. His current research draws on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Urdu history writing, examining the ways in which history writing became a means for colonized intellectuals to assert their cosmopolitan notions of community and self-determination and generate alternate ideologies of anticolonialism.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.