Associate Professor
413 Hamilton Hall
isevea@email.unc.edu

Education

BA National University of Singapore, 1999
MA School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2000
DPhil University of Oxford, 2007

Research Interests

Iqbal Singh Sevea is interested in the socio-cultural, political and intellectual histories of modern South Asia. His new book, The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2012), uses the controversial South Asian Muslim intellectual, Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938), as a foil to a broader analysis of the engagement between Muslim intellectuals and western socio-political thought. Instead of assuming a fixed Islamic political tradition, the book explores contesting interpretations of Islam, which emerged in South Asia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries often through deep entanglement with western political thought from Nietzsche to Marx.

Some Notable Publications

  • “‘Kharaak Kita Oi!’: Masculinity, Caste and Gender in Pakistani Punjabi Films,” BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies (2014)
  • The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • “Schooling the Muslim Nation: Muhammad Iqbal and Debates over Muslim Education in Colonial India,” South Asia Research, 31.1 (February 2011), 69–86
  • “The Ahmadiyya Print Jihad in South and Southeast Asia” in Islamic Connections: Muslim Societies in South and Southeast Asia, eds. M. Feener and T. Sevea (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009), 134–148

Graduate Students

Courses Offered

  • HIST 136—History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: South Asia since 1750
  • HIST 292—South Asia Since Independence: Society, Religion and Politics
  • HIST 292—Sex, Violence and Religion: Revolutionary Thought in Modern South Asia
  • HIST 393—Islam in Modern and Contemporary South Asia