MUSA in brief: The Muslim South Asia Research Forum (MUSA) is an interdisciplinary and international community of research working on any aspect of Muslim society in the countries of South Asia and their diasporic communities. Based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, MUSA (pronounced "moosa") serves as a platform to connect PhD students, young scholars, intellectuals, and practitioners with each other. We hope that this forum will encourage the exchange of ideas and pooling of energies into facilitating and promoting innovative research on South Asian Muslim societies.
What we do: We are located at the SOAS campus, in the centre of London’s student district. In addition to maintaining this database of researchers on Muslim South Asia, we organise regular networking events, academic conferences and public lectures.
Who we are: Geographically MUSA’s study area cuts a very wide swathe including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, plus diasporas from these areas scattered around the world.
In disciplinary terms we mean 'Muslim' in the broadest sense, and include work that transcends communal and national boundaries (e.g. culture, language and global forces), or focuses on their intersections (e.g. on both Muslim and non-Muslim minorities and the relationship with the majority). Whether its is culture, politics, law, development, history, music, media studies, economics or anthropology, you name it, we've got space for you.
MUSA's core organising team currently comprises four PhD students, Francesca Fuoli, Johann Chacko and Najia Mukhtar and Sameen Mohsin Ali. We are always looking for new people to join us so please contact us if you would like to get involved.