Date(s) - 04/02/2013
“Women’s Improvement and Human Development: The Pious Teachings of a Muslim Princess in Colonial India,” by Professor Barbara Metcalf. Barbara Metcalf retired in 2009 as Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan; she is an emerita professor of the University of California, Davis, where she served as departmental chair and dean of social sciences. A specialist in the modern history of South Asian Muslims, she is the author of Islamic Revival in British India: Deoband 1860-1900 (Oxford, 2002, 2nd ed.), Islamic Contestations: Essays on Muslims in India and Pakistan (Oxford, 2004), Husain Ahmad Madani: The Jihad for Islam and India’s Freedom(Oxford, 2009), and co-author of A Concise History of India (Cambridge, 2012, 3rd ed.). Her edited volumes include Making Muslim Space in North America and Europe (Berkeley, 1996) andIslam in South Asia in Practice (Princeton, 2009), a compilation of primary sources prepared by some thirty different scholars. She is currently working on the nineteenth-century history of the princely state of Bhopal, and has long term interests in the proselytizing Tablighi Jamat; in Greco-Arabic medicine in the colonial period; and in the hajj from South Asia, on all of which topics she has published occasional articles. Barbara Metcalf is a past president of the Association for Asian Studies and of the American Historical Association.