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Religion and Society in the Indian Ocean World

This project will center around two international workshops on the intersections among religion, society, and the state in the Indian Ocean World.

Edward A. Alpers, Professor of History (PI) ($64, 000 over 2 years)

This project will center around two international workshops on the intersections among religion, society, and the state in the Indian Ocean World. The workshops will focus on two of the world’s major religions – Islam and Hinduism – that are influential in countries from East Africa to Southeast Asia. The workshops will stimulate comparisons between these two major religions as social institutions, as part of the broader Indian Ocean initiative that is partially funded by a grant from the Chancellor’s Fund for Academic Border Crossing at UCLA.

The Faculty Advisory Committee of the International Institute comprises: Professors Gail Harrison (chair, Public Health), Robert Buswell (East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director, Center for Buddhist Studies), Rogers Brubaker (Sociology), Miles Kahler (Political Science and IRPS, UC San Diego), and Eric Sundquist (English). In addition to advising Vice Provost Garrett on the selection of Global Impact Research programs, the Advisory Committee participates in reviews of the Institute’s centers and programs and offers guidance on strategic issues affecting international studies at UCLA.

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