Andaman in Muslim Cultural Memory. The case of Fazl-e Haqq Khairabadi


Professor Jamal Malik presented a guest lecture on 16 May 2014 at 10:15 about Andaman in Muslim Cultural Memory. The case of Fazl-e Haqq Khairabadi. Professor Malik visited Uppsala University on invitation of the Forum for South Asia Studies. 

The shrine of Fazl-e Haqq Khairabadi who died in 1861 in Andaman after deportation, has become an important venue for the peaceful encounter between Hindus and Muslims serving the Nehruvian project of religious and cultural pluralism. Over the years different sides have appropriated and reinterpreted this scholar and his records though: Muslim narratives, as well as, state departments have endowed Khairabadi and his material cultural manifestation, the shrine as a monument, with a major historical dimension in public debates. These appropriations and reinterpretations have produced notions of history that have also been serving different Muslim historical consciences for quite different reasons: His alleged involvement in the 1857 uprising and his detention in Port Blair (Andaman Islands) have become major fields of contested interpretation from within Muslim communities. The talk will reconstruct the nexus between 1857 and the deportation of freedom fighters to Port Blair, and their subsequent, important meanings for Muslim cultural histories. 

Jamal Malik is professor on the chair for Muslim cultural and religious history in Erfurt. Among his many publications is "Islam in South Asia : A short history" (Leiden/Boston 2008)