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04.03.2017

"Ancient Hatreds: Evidence from 12 Centuries of Hindu-Muslim Conflict in India" - Public Lecture on 4/5


Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Ajay Verghese from UC Riverside at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 in Maathai Hall 207!

The most widely-rejected theory of ethnic conflict today is the theory of ‘ancient hatreds.’ On a theoretical level, this argument is dismissed because ethnic groups were not as clearly identified in the past as they are today, and because many ethnic groups that are enemies now were allies previously. Empirically, ancient hatreds have been dismissed because historical data on ethnic conflict are often difficult to obtain, providing an inability to rigorously test this theory. In this lecture, Dr. Verghese examines the paradigmatic case of Hindu-Muslim conflict in India, which has occurred in some form at least since 711 AD. He uses a 26-volume British history of India, cross-referenced with additional secondary sources, to construct a detailed dataset of conflict among all of India’s religious communities from 711 to 1890 AD.

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