Conversations from the Cullman Center: Mumbai, Terror, and Islam

April 7, 2009

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Current Cullman Fellows Akeel Bilgrami and Hari Kunzru, Montclair State University professor Fawzia Afzal-Khan and journalist Basharat Peerdiscuss the connections between the recent attacks in India and radical Islamist ideology, the link with Kashmir, and the prospect for future relations between India and Pakistan.

Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University and the Asia Society.

Fawzia Afzal-Khan is a professor in the Department of English at Montclair State University, and the editor, most recently, of Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out and The Pre-Occupation of Postcolonial Studies.
Akeel Bilgrami is the Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, and the author of Belief and Meaning and Self-Knowledge and Resentment. He will publish two books in 2009: Politics and the Moral Psychology of Identity and What Is a Muslim?
Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, and My Revolutions. In 2003 Granta named him one of Britain?s twenty best young novelists.
Basharat Peer is a journalist whose work has appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, The Nation, N+1, Financial Times, The National, LeMonde Diplomatique, Columbia Journalism Review. His first book, Curfewed Night:The Battles for Kashmir, a reported memoir of the Kashmir conflict, is to be published by Scribner in 2009.