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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Religious Studies major Taylor is traveling abroad in Istanbul this semester. Get a first person account of what it is like to live, eat, study, and travel in Turkey on Taylor's very own blog.

Traveling Turkey with Taylor


Discussion Panel

Supression of The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
4:00 P.M.
125 Nolte Hall

Shortly after its publication by Penugin India in 2009, Dr. Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus: An Alternative History, became the target of a threat to bring suit under provisions in the Indian penal code that criminalize "deliberate and malicious acts intended to ourrage rleigious beliefs." Having dragged on for two years, the situation culminated last month in an out-of-court settlement in which Penguin India agreed to withdraw from the market and pulp all remaining copies. This successful effort to supress historical scholarship in India has raised a number of issues for scholars of religion and others concered about censorship not only in India but other localities as well.

Panelists will include:

Professor Ajay Skaria, Department of History, University of Minnesota

Professor James Laine, Department of Religion, Macalester College

Professor Arun Saldanha, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota

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