Lakshmi Iyer and Susan Ostermann | June 11, 2019
The Keough School’s Washington Office brought together scholars and practitioners of South Asia at a conference on May 14 and 15. The theme was “Religion, Public Policy, and Development.”
Professors Susan Ostermann and Lakshmi Iyer organized the event on behalf of the Notre Dame South Asia Group, a multidisciplinary working group of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.
The first day of the conference featured a series of academic and policy presentations.
All presenters received valuable feedback from discussants and the audience of historians, anthropologists, economists, political scientists, and policy professionals from organizations including the World Bank, US State Department, Brookings Institution, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, and Chatham House.
Islamic studies professors Mirza and Moosa presented “Islam, Identity Politics, and Strategies for Madrasa Engagement.” As they explained the role of madrasas in modern education, Mirza and Moosa discussed their Madrasa Discourses project of introducing a greater discussion of scientific and humanistic traditions into madrasa curriculums in South Asia.
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