Chicago Dialogues Series 2: Episode 1-The Mughals and the Sufis

8:30–9:30 pm
Live on Facebook and YouTube


This is the inaugural episode of Chicago Dialogues, Season #2. The session begins by examining the relationship between Mughal political culture and the two dominant strains of Islam's Sufi traditions in South Asia: one centred around orthodoxy, the other focusing on a more accommodating and mystical spirituality - and then goes on to explore broader historiographical questions.

Muzaffar Alam (George V. Bobrinskoy Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, at the University of Chicago) in conversation with Avik Chanda, bestselling author and thought leader.

Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 8:30 pm IST 

Join the session live on Facebook and Youtube (no prior registration required) 

The series of Chicago Dialogues is being hosted by UChicago Center in Delhi in association with 

Speakers bios: 

Professor Muzaffar AlamGeorge V. Bobrinskoy Professor, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, at the University of Chicago.

Trained at Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Professor Muzaffar Alam taught for three decades at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, and held visiting positions in several European and American academic Institutions. A specialist in Persian, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu, Professor Alam is one of the world’s leading historians of medieval and the Mughal India. He also has a strong interest in philology, literature, and text studies. His major publications include “The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India”, “The Languages of Political Islam in India: c. 1200-1800”, (both included in the Indian History classics). Among his several other books that he jointly authored are   “A European Experience of the Mughal Orient”( with Seema Alavi), “The Mughal State 1526-1750”,  Writing the Mughal World, and “Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discovery: 1400-1800” (with Sanjay Subrahmanyam).

Avik Chanda, Bestselling Author, Columnist, Entrepreneur

Avik Chanda is a bestselling author, columnist, business advisor, and entrepreneur. His book, From Command To Empathy: Using EQ in the Age of Disruption (HarperCollins, 2017), was featured in Amazon India’s Best Reads under Business, Strategy and Management. His latest book, Dara Shukoh: The Man Who Would Be King (HarperCollins, 2019), was on the National Non-Fiction Top 10 Bestsellers List for 10 consecutive weeks, garnered huge critical success, and has been released as an audiobook by Audible. Avik is the Founder and CEO of NUVAH ELINT LLP, a NASSCOM 10,000 incubated startup, and is also a visiting faculty at IIT-Delhi and XLRI.