Dr Ophira Gamliel

  • Lecturer in South Asian Religions (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests

My main areas of research are in South Asian languages, cultures, and religions, past and present. I am especially interested in the history of connections and exchanges between religions and regions, communities and generations, peoples and institutions. Specifically, my area of expertise is Kerala history and culture, and Malayalam language and literature.   

I studied and taught Sanskrit and Malayalam in Jerusalem and in Germany (Bochum and Tübingen). I am especially interested in event structures and semantic bleaching in various languages, including Hebrew, my native language.

I work on performance and ritual studies, especially in the context of shared festivals, and on the documentation and preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

My research on Kerala’s culture and society intersects with environmental humanities and climate change adaptation and transformation.

Publications

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2021

Gamliel, O. (2021) Self-praise hymns and mystical experiences. In: Elwert, F., Freudenberg, M., Karis, T., Radermacher, M. and Schlamelcher, J. (eds.) Twelve Years of Studying Religious Contacts at the KHK: Stepping Back and Looking Ahead. Dynamics in the History of Religions 12. Brill: Leiden. (In Press)

Gamliel, O. (2021) കേരള ജൂത സമൂഹത്തിലെ തായ് വഴി സൂചനകള്‍ = Traces of Matriliny among Kerala Jews. [Website]

2020

Gamliel, O. , Eliyahu, M. and Eliyahu, J. (2020) עיר היהודים האבודה בקוצ'ין = The Lost Jew Town of Cochin. Pe'amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry, (Accepted for Publication)

Gamliel, O. (2020) Covid-19 transformation: towards a knowledge-sharing platform. DiscourseNet Collaborative Working Paper Series, 2, 13.

Gamliel, O. (2020) The story of the '99 floods. Kerala Calling, 40(10), pp. 79-80.

Gamliel, O. (2020) Malayalam and Kerala’s Covid-19 transformation: some thoughts during lockdown. [Website]

Gamliel, O. (2020) A Linguistic Survey of the Malayalam Language in Its Own Terms. Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden. ISBN 9783447112673

2019

Gamliel, O. (2019) Review of Homo Ritualis: Hindu Ritual and its Significance for Ritual Theory by Axel Michaels. Entangled Religions, 8, (doi: 10.13154/er.8.2019.8439)[Book Review]

Gamliel, O. (2019) The syntactic roles of touch in shared festivals in Kerala: towards an analysis of ritual categories. Entangled Religions, 10, (doi: 10.13154/er.10.2019.8436)

Gamliel, O. (2019) A Unique Hebrew Glossary from India: An Analysis of Judeo-Urdu, written by Aaron D. Rubin. Journal of Jewish Languages, 7(1), pp. 117-120. (doi: 10.1163/22134638-07010001)[Book Review]

Gamliel, O. (2019) My love affair with Kerala and its Jewish heritage. In: Mathew, K.S. and Nair, Y. (eds.) One Heart Two Worlds: The Story of the Jews of Kochi. Stark World: Thiruvananthapuram, pp. 112-113. ISBN 9789382548034

Gamliel, O. (2019) Judaism in South India ca. 900s-1950s: Relocating Malabar Jewry. Arc Humanities Press: Michigan. ISBN 9781641890670 (In Press)

Gamliel, O. (2019) The Mantrâṅkam Paribhāṣa from a historical linguistics perspective. In: Oberlin, H., Shulman, D. and Mucciarelli, E. (eds.) Two Masterpieces of Kūṭiyāṭṭam: Mantrāṅkam and Aṅgulīyāṅkam. Oxford University Press: New Delhi, pp. 153-165. ISBN 9780199483594 (doi: 10.1093/oso/9780199483594.003.0009)

2018

Gamliel, O. (2018) Jewish Malayalam in Southern India. In: Hary, B. and Benor, S. B. (eds.) Languages in Jewish Communities, Past and Present. Series: Contributions to the sociology of language. De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 356-378. ISBN 9781501504631

Gamliel, O. (2018) Who was the Fadiyār? Conflating textual evidence in Judeo-Arabic and Old Malayalam. Ginzei Qedem Genizah Research Annual, 14, pp. 9-42.

Cuffel, A. and Gamliel, O. (2018) Historical engagements and interreligious encounters - Jews and Christians in premodern and early modern Asia and Africa. Entangled Religions, 6, pp. 1-33. (doi: 10.13154/er.v6.2018.1-33)

Gamliel, O. (2018) Aśu the convert: a slave girl or a Nāyar land owner? Entangled Religions, 6, pp. 201-246. (doi: 10.13154/er.v6.2018.201-246)

Gamliel, O. (2018) Back from Shingly: revisiting the premodern history of Jews in Kerala. Indian Economic and Social History Review, 55(1), pp. 53-76. (doi: 10.1177/0019464617745926)

Gamliel, O. (2018) On the warp and woof of language: Arabic, Malayalam and the Muḥyidīn Māla. Iśal Paitṛkam,

Gamliel, O. (2018) The Syntactic Roles of Touch in Shared Festivals in Kerala. Working Paper. Bochum Online Companion to Eurasian Religions in Contact, Bochum, Germany.

Gamliel, O. (2018) Textual crossroads and transregional encounters: Jewish networks in Kerala 900s-1600s. Social Orbit, 4(1), pp. 41-73.

2017

Gamliel, O. (2017) Fading memories and linguistic fossils in Jewish Malayalam. In: Kasten, E., Roller, K. and Wilbur, J. (eds.) Oral History Meets Linguistics. Fürstenberg/Havel: Kulturstiftung Sibirien, pp. 83-106. ISBN 9783942883306

2016

Gamliel, O. (2016) The syntax of performance: the Mantrâṅkam as a case study. Nartanam: a Quarterly Journal on Indian Dance, XVI(3), pp. 166-194.

Gamliel, O. (2016) Jewish Malayalam. In: Handbook of Jewish Languages. Series: Brill's handbooks in linguistics. Brill, pp. 503-516. ISBN 9789004217331 (doi: 10.1163/9789004297357_017)

2015

Gamliel, O. and Amin, E. (2015) Mantrāṅkam: Excerpts from the Puṟappāṭә (Malayalam and Sanskrit, with English subtitles). [Audio]

Gamliel, O. and Mar’i, A. a.-R. (2015) Bleached verbs as aspectual auxiliaries in colloquial modern Hebrew and Arabic dialects. In: Doron, E., Tirosh-Becker, O. and Benor, S. (eds.) Language Contact and the Development of Modern Hebrew. Series: Studies in Semitic languages and linguistics (84). Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 49-62. ISBN 9789004302006 (doi: 10.1163/9789004310896_005)

2014

Gamliel, O. and Amin, E. (2014) Best Snack Ever (with English subtitles). [Audio]

Gamliel, O. (2014) Jewish Malayam. In: Stillman, N. A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Brill Online. (doi: 10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000710)

Gamliel, O. (2014) Translation genres in Jewish Malayalam: stylistic and linguistic examination. Massorot, 16, pp. 137-172.

2013

Gamliel, O. (2013) The Hebrew component in Jewish Malayalam. In: Khan, G. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Brill: Leiden ; Boston, pp. 410-413. ISBN 9789004176423

Gamliel, O. (2013) The neglected history of Kerala Jews. Zmanim, 122, pp. 16-29.

Gamliel, O. (2013) Voices yet to be heard: on listening to the last speakers of Jewish Malayalam. Journal of Jewish Languages, 1(1), pp. 135-167. (doi: 10.1163/22134638-12340004)

2012

Gamliel, O. (2012) ‘And the women sing their songs’: the wedding songs of Kerala Jews. In: Pedaya, H. (ed.) ha-Piyut ke-tsohar Tarbuti : Kivunim Hadashim la-Havanat ha-Piyut ule-Havnayuto ha-Tarbutit = The Piyyut as a Cultural Prism : New Approaches. Van-Leer Institute: Jerusalem, pp. 266-315. ISBN 9789650206567

2010

Gamliel, O. (2010) The correct path to India. Haaretz, 7 Jul.

Gamliel, O. (2010) Documenting Jewish Malayalam in Israel: fieldwork description and data analysis. TAPASAM: A Quarterly Journal of Kerala Studies, 6(1), pp. 3-39.

Gamliel, O. (2010) Review of Narratology: Indian Perspectives by C. Rajendran. Advar Library Bulletin, 72-73, pp. 349-358. [Book Review]

2009

Gamliel, O. (2009) Jewish Malayalam. International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, 38(1), pp. 147-175.

Gamliel, O. (2009) ‘Kerala project’: on documenting the linguistic heritage of Kerala Jews. Pe'amim, 122, pp. 129-153.

Gamliel, O. (2009) Oral literary forms in Jewish Malayalam. Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, 10, pp. 47-60.

2008

Gamliel, O. (2008) Malayalam folksongs. In: Shulman, D. and Weil, S. (eds.) Karmic Passages: Israeli Scholarship on India. Oxford University Press: New Delhi l New York, pp. 46-82. ISBN 9780195697070

2006

Gamliel, O. (2006) Review of The Jews of Kerala, by P. M. Jussay. TAPASAM: A Quarterly Journal of Kerala Studies, 1(3), pp. 685-695. [Book Review]

2005

Gamliel, O. (2005) Hey there! Have you ever seen a parrot? Notes about the sukasandesam. TAPASAM: A Quarterly Journal of Kerala Studies, 1(2), pp. 284-314.

Gamliel, O. (2005) The vigil night song. TAPASAM: A Quarterly Journal of Kerala Studies, 1(3), pp. 548-574.

Sakkar̲iya, S., Gamliel, O. and Johnson, B. C. (2005) Kārkul̲ali - Yefefiah - Gorgeous! : Jewish Women's Songs in Malayalam with Hebrew Translations. Ben Zvi Institute: Jerusalem. ISBN 9789652351005

2002

Gamliel, O. (2002) From the Rāmāyaṇa to the cloud messenger: the Kāvya genre in Sanskrit literature. In: Wasserman, N. (ed.) Hutim Nitvim: Reshitan Shel Sugot Sifrutiyot Be-tarbuyot `Atikot = Wool from the Loom: The Development of Literary Genres in Ancient Literature. Magnes Press: Jerusalem, pp. 125-148. ISBN 9789654931243

2001

Gamlîel, O. (2001) Yogim, Melakhim Ve-nashim Shememiyot = Yogis, Kings and Celestial Women: Translations of Selected Sanskrit Myths. Series: Sidrat Kôtarîm. Keter: Jerusalem. ISBN 9789650709693

1999

Gamliel, O. (1999) Shivah be-ya`ar ha-oranim: sipurim meha-mitologyah ha-Hodit = Shiva in the Forest of Pines: Translations of Selected Sanskrit Myths. Series: Sidrat Kôtarîm. Keter: Jerusalem. ISBN 9789650708054

This list was generated on Wed Dec 1 14:50:25 2021 GMT.
Number of items: 47.

Articles

Gamliel, O. , Eliyahu, M. and Eliyahu, J. (2020) עיר היהודים האבודה בקוצ'ין = The Lost Jew Town of Cochin. Pe'amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry, (Accepted for Publication)

Gamliel, O. (2020) Covid-19 transformation: towards a knowledge-sharing platform. DiscourseNet Collaborative Working Paper Series, 2, 13.

Gamliel, O. (2020) The story of the '99 floods. Kerala Calling, 40(10), pp. 79-80.

Gamliel, O. (2019) The syntactic roles of touch in shared festivals in Kerala: towards an analysis of ritual categories. Entangled Religions, 10, (doi: 10.13154/er.10.2019.8436)

Gamliel, O. (2018) Who was the Fadiyār? Conflating textual evidence in Judeo-Arabic and Old Malayalam. Ginzei Qedem Genizah Research Annual, 14, pp. 9-42.

Cuffel, A. and Gamliel, O. (2018) Historical engagements and interreligious encounters - Jews and Christians in premodern and early modern Asia and Africa. Entangled Religions, 6, pp. 1-33. (doi: 10.13154/er.v6.2018.1-33)

Gamliel, O. (2018) Aśu the convert: a slave girl or a Nāyar land owner? Entangled Religions, 6, pp. 201-246. (doi: 10.13154/er.v6.2018.201-246)

Gamliel, O. (2018) Back from Shingly: revisiting the premodern history of Jews in Kerala. Indian Economic and Social History Review, 55(1), pp. 53-76. (doi: 10.1177/0019464617745926)

Gamliel, O. (2018) On the warp and woof of language: Arabic, Malayalam and the Muḥyidīn Māla. Iśal Paitṛkam,

Gamliel, O. (2018) Textual crossroads and transregional encounters: Jewish networks in Kerala 900s-1600s. Social Orbit, 4(1), pp. 41-73.

Gamliel, O. (2016) The syntax of performance: the Mantrâṅkam as a case study. Nartanam: a Quarterly Journal on Indian Dance, XVI(3), pp. 166-194.

Gamliel, O. (2014) Translation genres in Jewish Malayalam: stylistic and linguistic examination. Massorot, 16, pp. 137-172.

Gamliel, O. (2013) The neglected history of Kerala Jews. Zmanim, 122, pp. 16-29.

Gamliel, O. (2013) Voices yet to be heard: on listening to the last speakers of Jewish Malayalam. Journal of Jewish Languages, 1(1), pp. 135-167. (doi: 10.1163/22134638-12340004)

Gamliel, O. (2010) The correct path to India. Haaretz, 7 Jul.

Gamliel, O. (2010) Documenting Jewish Malayalam in Israel: fieldwork description and data analysis. TAPASAM: A Quarterly Journal of Kerala Studies, 6(1), pp. 3-39.

Gamliel, O. (2009) Jewish Malayalam. International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, 38(1), pp. 147-175.

Gamliel, O. (2009) ‘Kerala project’: on documenting the linguistic heritage of Kerala Jews. Pe'amim, 122, pp. 129-153.

Gamliel, O. (2009) Oral literary forms in Jewish Malayalam. Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, 10, pp. 47-60.

Gamliel, O. (2005) Hey there! Have you ever seen a parrot? Notes about the sukasandesam. TAPASAM: A Quarterly Journal of Kerala Studies, 1(2), pp. 284-314.

Gamliel, O. (2005) The vigil night song. TAPASAM: A Quarterly Journal of Kerala Studies, 1(3), pp. 548-574.

Books

Gamliel, O. (2020) A Linguistic Survey of the Malayalam Language in Its Own Terms. Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden. ISBN 9783447112673

Gamliel, O. (2019) Judaism in South India ca. 900s-1950s: Relocating Malabar Jewry. Arc Humanities Press: Michigan. ISBN 9781641890670 (In Press)

Sakkar̲iya, S., Gamliel, O. and Johnson, B. C. (2005) Kārkul̲ali - Yefefiah - Gorgeous! : Jewish Women's Songs in Malayalam with Hebrew Translations. Ben Zvi Institute: Jerusalem. ISBN 9789652351005

Gamlîel, O. (2001) Yogim, Melakhim Ve-nashim Shememiyot = Yogis, Kings and Celestial Women: Translations of Selected Sanskrit Myths. Series: Sidrat Kôtarîm. Keter: Jerusalem. ISBN 9789650709693

Gamliel, O. (1999) Shivah be-ya`ar ha-oranim: sipurim meha-mitologyah ha-Hodit = Shiva in the Forest of Pines: Translations of Selected Sanskrit Myths. Series: Sidrat Kôtarîm. Keter: Jerusalem. ISBN 9789650708054

Book Sections

Gamliel, O. (2021) Self-praise hymns and mystical experiences. In: Elwert, F., Freudenberg, M., Karis, T., Radermacher, M. and Schlamelcher, J. (eds.) Twelve Years of Studying Religious Contacts at the KHK: Stepping Back and Looking Ahead. Dynamics in the History of Religions 12. Brill: Leiden. (In Press)

Gamliel, O. (2019) My love affair with Kerala and its Jewish heritage. In: Mathew, K.S. and Nair, Y. (eds.) One Heart Two Worlds: The Story of the Jews of Kochi. Stark World: Thiruvananthapuram, pp. 112-113. ISBN 9789382548034

Gamliel, O. (2019) The Mantrâṅkam Paribhāṣa from a historical linguistics perspective. In: Oberlin, H., Shulman, D. and Mucciarelli, E. (eds.) Two Masterpieces of Kūṭiyāṭṭam: Mantrāṅkam and Aṅgulīyāṅkam. Oxford University Press: New Delhi, pp. 153-165. ISBN 9780199483594 (doi: 10.1093/oso/9780199483594.003.0009)

Gamliel, O. (2018) Jewish Malayalam in Southern India. In: Hary, B. and Benor, S. B. (eds.) Languages in Jewish Communities, Past and Present. Series: Contributions to the sociology of language. De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 356-378. ISBN 9781501504631

Gamliel, O. (2017) Fading memories and linguistic fossils in Jewish Malayalam. In: Kasten, E., Roller, K. and Wilbur, J. (eds.) Oral History Meets Linguistics. Fürstenberg/Havel: Kulturstiftung Sibirien, pp. 83-106. ISBN 9783942883306

Gamliel, O. (2016) Jewish Malayalam. In: Handbook of Jewish Languages. Series: Brill's handbooks in linguistics. Brill, pp. 503-516. ISBN 9789004217331 (doi: 10.1163/9789004297357_017)

Gamliel, O. and Mar’i, A. a.-R. (2015) Bleached verbs as aspectual auxiliaries in colloquial modern Hebrew and Arabic dialects. In: Doron, E., Tirosh-Becker, O. and Benor, S. (eds.) Language Contact and the Development of Modern Hebrew. Series: Studies in Semitic languages and linguistics (84). Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 49-62. ISBN 9789004302006 (doi: 10.1163/9789004310896_005)

Gamliel, O. (2014) Jewish Malayam. In: Stillman, N. A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Brill Online. (doi: 10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000710)

Gamliel, O. (2013) The Hebrew component in Jewish Malayalam. In: Khan, G. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Brill: Leiden ; Boston, pp. 410-413. ISBN 9789004176423

Gamliel, O. (2012) ‘And the women sing their songs’: the wedding songs of Kerala Jews. In: Pedaya, H. (ed.) ha-Piyut ke-tsohar Tarbuti : Kivunim Hadashim la-Havanat ha-Piyut ule-Havnayuto ha-Tarbutit = The Piyyut as a Cultural Prism : New Approaches. Van-Leer Institute: Jerusalem, pp. 266-315. ISBN 9789650206567

Gamliel, O. (2008) Malayalam folksongs. In: Shulman, D. and Weil, S. (eds.) Karmic Passages: Israeli Scholarship on India. Oxford University Press: New Delhi l New York, pp. 46-82. ISBN 9780195697070

Gamliel, O. (2002) From the Rāmāyaṇa to the cloud messenger: the Kāvya genre in Sanskrit literature. In: Wasserman, N. (ed.) Hutim Nitvim: Reshitan Shel Sugot Sifrutiyot Be-tarbuyot `Atikot = Wool from the Loom: The Development of Literary Genres in Ancient Literature. Magnes Press: Jerusalem, pp. 125-148. ISBN 9789654931243

Book Reviews

Gamliel, O. (2019) Review of Homo Ritualis: Hindu Ritual and its Significance for Ritual Theory by Axel Michaels. Entangled Religions, 8, (doi: 10.13154/er.8.2019.8439)[Book Review]

Gamliel, O. (2019) A Unique Hebrew Glossary from India: An Analysis of Judeo-Urdu, written by Aaron D. Rubin. Journal of Jewish Languages, 7(1), pp. 117-120. (doi: 10.1163/22134638-07010001)[Book Review]

Gamliel, O. (2010) Review of Narratology: Indian Perspectives by C. Rajendran. Advar Library Bulletin, 72-73, pp. 349-358. [Book Review]

Gamliel, O. (2006) Review of The Jews of Kerala, by P. M. Jussay. TAPASAM: A Quarterly Journal of Kerala Studies, 1(3), pp. 685-695. [Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

Gamliel, O. (2018) The Syntactic Roles of Touch in Shared Festivals in Kerala. Working Paper. Bochum Online Companion to Eurasian Religions in Contact, Bochum, Germany.

Audio

Gamliel, O. and Amin, E. (2015) Mantrāṅkam: Excerpts from the Puṟappāṭә (Malayalam and Sanskrit, with English subtitles). [Audio]

Gamliel, O. and Amin, E. (2014) Best Snack Ever (with English subtitles). [Audio]

Website

Gamliel, O. (2021) കേരള ജൂത സമൂഹത്തിലെ തായ് വഴി സൂചനകള്‍ = Traces of Matriliny among Kerala Jews. [Website]

Gamliel, O. (2020) Malayalam and Kerala’s Covid-19 transformation: some thoughts during lockdown. [Website]

This list was generated on Wed Dec 1 14:50:25 2021 GMT.

Grants

Digitisation project (major): Digitising Arabic manuscripts in Mattool, North Kerala (EAP1390), under the auspices of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library, (August 2021 – July 2022, ₤23,148) http://www.eap.bl.uk/project/EAP1390

Digitisation project (pilot): Locating and Sampling Arabic and Arabic-Malayalam Manuscripts in Kerala, South India (EAP1228), under the auspices of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library, (November – December 2019, ₤11,125) https://eap.bl.uk/project/EAP1228

Workshop: Toward Equitable Resilience: Social-Ecological Systems in the Changing Climate of the Indian Ocean Littoral – in collaboration with the School of Engineering and under the auspices of the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Scottish Funding Council (October 2019, ₤25,297)

Kerala State Higher Education Council Grant Erudite Scholar Lecture Series (Travel Grant, 2018)

Workshop: Arabic and Islam on the Move: Cross-Cultural Encounters between Arabia and Malabar 900s-1500s (May 2017, €10,000), https://ceres.rub.de/de/veranstaltungen/arabic-and-islam-move-cross-cultural-encounters/

Aranmula Award of the Third International Kerala History Conference ($200, 2015)
Käte Hamburger Kolleg project “Sensory Devotion and Inter-religious Encounters: Shared Festivals in Kerala (South India)” (€60,000, 2015)

Rothschild Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Studies Malayalam linguistics with Venugopala Panicker (2010)

Ben-Zvi Institute Grant: Documentation of Jewish Malayalam, in collaboration with Jarmo Forsström (2008-2009)

Jewish Languages Department Morag Award, Hebrew University (2008)

Rotenstreich Fellowship Grant, Hebrew University (2004-2008)

Sternberg Prize for Interfaith Understanding, Hebrew University (2000)

Supervision

I am happy to supervise PGR projects on the religions, cultures, history, and literature of South Asia, past and present.

I welcome projects on a wide range of topics from material culture and Indian Ocean history to languages and literatures, especially in the source languages Sanskrit, Malayalam, Hebrew, and Arabic. Among my areas of expertise are also environmental humanities, language documentation and ethnography, ritual theory, and the comparative study of mysticism.

Current projects under my supervision are:
Percy Arfeen, Transcending Boundaries: Material Culture of Sacred Spaces in Premodern and Early Modern Kerala, South India, co-supervised with Jessie Pons at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES), Ruhr University Bochum, under the auspices of DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service.

Haritha Venu, Progressive Politics and Transformation in a Context of Climate Crisis: Kerala's Subaltern Communities as a Case Study, co-supervised with Giovanni Picker and David Featherstone at the University of Glasgow, College of Arts, under the auspices of the Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellowship.

Amina Khan, Resurrecting the Heroines of South Asian Sufi Folklore as Muslim Feminists, co-supervised with Lloyd Ridgeon and Saeko Yazaki, part time project, Theology and Religious Studies, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow.

Anaïs Delcol, Peregrination as Conquest or Liberation of Oneself in Female Travel Writers' Works, co-supervised with Olivier Salazar-Ferrer and Ramona Fotiade, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow.

  • KHAN, AMINA
    Resurrecting the heroines of South Asian Sufi folklore as Muslim feminists

Teaching

I co-teach the Level 1 course Religions in Asia, focusing on Buddhism.

I convene the Level 2 course Mysticism and Spirituality, with a focus on comparative mysticism, co-taught with experts on Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism.

I convene two Honors courses Religion and Trade in Premodern Asia, focusing on the Indian Ocean and the Malabar Coast and South Asian Epic Traditions, focusing on the Ramayana and Mahabharata in translations, performance, and the arts.

I am the convener of a Malayalam summer school (here), and happy to guide students interested in pursuing the self-study of Sanskrit

Additional information

I am a visiting fellow at the University of Münster (October – December 2021, here)

I participate in three COP26 fringe events (here), Global Environmental History and Climate Change with Julia McClure, Zozan Pehlivan, Steven Serels, John Wing, and Amanda Power (October 27, here), Chaos, Floods, and Resilience with Ariel Zinder and Heather Walton (November 4), and Jungle Nama: Communicating Traditions of Spiritual Resilience in the Climate Emergency, with Amitav Ghosh, Ali Sethi and Salman Toor (November 8)

I co-convene the research cluster seminar series Religion, Challenge, and Change (here), which hosted a pandemic-related lecture series in 2021:

Yehoshua Granat (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Perception of Epidemics in Hebrew Poetry: From Biblical Antiquity to Early Modernity (February 2021)

Riyanti Djalante (ASEAN, Jakarta), Rajan Gurukkal (Kerala State Higher Education Council), and Yael Artzy-Randrup (University of Amsterdam), COVID-19, Social Dynamics and Religious Response: COVID-19, Floods and Earthquakes in Indonesia, lecture and roundtable discussion (March 2021)

Samuel Cohn (University of Glasgow), The Post-Black-Death Century: Economic Equality and Its Consequences (May 2021)

Among the guest lecturers I hosted at the TRS research seminar series are:
Menashe Anzi (Be’er Sheva), From Yemen to India and Back: Jewish Immigration and Knowledge Flows (February 2019)

Mehrdad Shokoohy (London), Mughal and Muslim Architecture in India (May 2019)

Ines Weinrich (Münster), Sounding the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad: Arabic Maulid Texts as Performative Devotion (November 2019)

Azeez Tharuvana (Calicut), Muslim Ramayanas (March 2020)

Deepra Dandekar (Berlin), Baba Padmanji and Vernacular Christianity in Nineteenth Century Maharashtra (March 2020)