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ARTICLE: A Genealogy of Anti-Ahmadism: from class-enemy to biological threat
Muhammad Saad Lakhani

Welcome to the Journal of South Asian Religious History (JSARH) online. Published by the Institute of South Asian Religious History (ISARH), JSARH seeks to establish itself as the journal of record and leading academic publication in South Asian religious history. The Journal of South Asian Religious History is the first scholarly journal devoted solely to the role of faith systems in the history of the subcontinent as part of a broader effort to increase understanding of Hinduism and its variants, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and other South Asian religious traditions as historical agents (with special emphasis on religion-and-politics) in South Asia, the Indian Ocean rim, and the wider world.

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The Journal of South Asian Religious History calls for original papers; articles will be published online. JSARH is the first scholarly journal devoted solely to the role of faith systems in the history of the subcontinent as part of a broader effort to increase understanding of Hinduism and its variants, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and other South Asian religious traditions as historical agents (with special emphasis on religion-and-politics) in South Asia, the Indian Ocean rim, and the wider world. Paper topics should focus on some aspect of one or more South Asian religious tradition as a force in subcontinental history. Emphasis should be on history rather than theology and/or religious practice. Topics of any historical era will be considered, with preference given to papers highlighting the religion-and-politics phenomenon, especially in the early modern or modern periods.


The ISARH Symposium 2015: A Conference on South Asian Religious History, hosted by the History Department at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 3 April 2015, saw papers on the controversial 1947 referendum in "Pashtunistan," Shi'i education in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and commentary on the Mahabharata.

In addition to the Journal of South Asian Religious History and ISARH's annual symposium, the Institute will initiate several other projects in accordance with its overarching goal of increasing understanding of the subcontinent's religious history. The largest of these projects, the Library of South Asian Religious History seeks to establish the largest collection of Indian-language material directly related to South Asian religious history in the Western Hemisphere, with an emphasis on books in Urdu, Hindi, Nepali, Tibetan, Persian, Pashto, Sindhi, Baluchi, Kashmiri, and Punjabi. Our books will mostly come from town and village publishers scattered across Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Nepal–thus making material available that would otherwise be virtually inaccessible to Western scholars unable to personally traverse the vast subcontinent. Scholars of all levels will be welcome to use our facilities, located conveniently in an academic retreat environment in the mountains of Utah. Comfortable on-site housing will allow researchers to stay as long as the research/writing requires. The library and academic retreat are scheduled for completion around August 2019.

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