Forgotten Societies

A research Seminar was delivered by JawanShir Rasikh on “Islamization and Conversion of Ghur to Islam in Medieval Afghanistan” Mr. Rasikh, who’s a Ph.D. candidate in University of Pennsylvania presented his Ph.D dissertation before a good number of students that was followed by an interesting question and answer session. His dissertation used medieval Muslim sources to examine the Islamization of Ghur in central Afghanistan during the tenth through twelfth centuries. The project showed that processes of Islamization in rural regions in Afghanistan were made up of complex sets of temporal and spatial contingencies; these included prolonged political and cultural bargaining’s, exchanges, and military encounters between diverse social groups in rural and urban regions to gain access to, and control of, political and social resources.