Changing Perceptions of Muslim and Hindu Relations
in Bundelkhand under Mughal Rule
(Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History, Carleton College)
Wednesday, November 3rd
3:30 - 5:00
609 Social Sciences Tower
Brendan LaRocque's talk will examine the role religion played in the relationship between the Bundela rulers of Bundelkhand (in modern day Madhya Pradesh) and the Mughal empire. He will focus on questions of identity and religious ideology in the rebellion of Maharaja Chhatrasal Bundela (1649-1731) against the empire during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb. Chattrasal's rebellion has conventionally been understood as being motivated by his desire to protect Hinduism from imperial depradations carried out in the name of Islam. LaRocque will call this view into question through an examination of the ways in which contemporary sources represented the nature and rationale for Chhatrasal's rebellion, and present an alternative theory of the Bundelas' understanding of the uprising.
Brendan LaRocque is Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Carleton College. His research is concerned with the role of religion and identity in Mughal India, with a focus on the intersection of religion with the political and economic realms. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled "Islam, Hinduism, and Community Formation in India: Devotional Religion and Social Change in the Mughal Empire."