Islam and Empire in India - French Scholar Lecture Series [fr]
Ms Corinne Lefevre is a Research Fellow at CNRS-EHESS, Paris, France. She obtained a diploma in Persian from the INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales - National Institute for Eastern Languages and Civilizations), and completed a Ph.D. in history at the EHESS (École des hautes études en sciences sociales - School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences).
She is currently continuing to reexamine the Mughal Empire of the early 17th century, with particular attention to the reign of Shah Jahan (1628- 1658). The results obtained will be used to analyze the construction of the Mughal imperium over the long term (16th-18th centuries) and to highlight the role played by Asian connections in this process.
Islam and Empire in India: the padshah’s sacred authority and religious pluralism in Mughal times.
To what extent may the Mughal empire be described as an Islamic state? Were Mughal times a golden age of interreligious harmony between Muslims and Hindus or, on the contrary, a dark age of discrimination and persecution for non-Muslims? Was there such thing as Mughal Islam and, if so, what were its characteristics?
To shed light on these long and hotly debated questions, Prof. Corinne Lefèvre addressed these points as follows:
- by examining the major forms of “imperial Islam” that were elaborated and practiced by successive Mughal rulers and their close associates;
- by delineating the different types of interactions (financial support, hostility and intellectual curiosity) that existed between political power and the various religious communities and traditions present in the empire.
Download the conference poster in a PDF format.