South Asia

Organized Panel Session

4 - Transnational Pieties: Race, Gender, and Religion in the U.S. Punjabi Diaspora

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Tamarind, New Building

How does religion get practiced in the Punjabi diaspora and in what ways are these practices overlapping or in tension? This paper will trace transnational South Asian religions in the U.S. Punjabi diaspora. By examining Punjabi Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in the U.S., this paper seeks to understand how religion gets racialized and gendered. Specifically utilizing ethnographic material from the Academy of Punjab in North America and the North American Punjabi Association along with fieldwork in sites of worship such as Punjabi gurdwaras, mandirs, and masjids, this paper disentangles how Punjabis produce certain cultural affiliations and communities. I examine these sites as places imbued with state power, religious authority, and gendered patriarchies. While the term diaspora is contested as it pushes against and reifies certain logics of the nation-state, I argue that diaspora can be understood as longer histories of events and how events produce diasporas. In the paper, I (re)turn to histories of Punjab to understand it as a site torn apart, sutured back together, and then broken down again. Ultimately, the fieldwork allows us to imagine the divergences between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims in the U.S., in relation to the overlapping and entangled religious practices in Punjab.

Sasha Sabherwal

Yale University, United States

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