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Siddiq Wahid, Historian of Central Asia, to Lecture on Kashmir Dispute and a Tibetan Epic at Bard College, Nov. 7–8

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Political Studies and Asian Studies Programs at Bard College and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement are hosting two lectures, on November 7 and 8, by Siddiq Wahid, former vice chancellor of the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Kashmir. On Monday, November 7, Wahid will present the lecture, “The Ling Gesar Epic from Ladakh,” at 5 p.m. in room 115 of the Olin Language Center. The story of Ling Gesar—the great national epic of the Tibetan-speaking peoples—is an encyclopedic overview of Tibetan civilization. The epic has both an oral traditional narrative version and a literary, Buddhism-influenced, version. Wahid’s lecture will include readings from his translation of the oral narrative version of the epic. On Tuesday, November 8, Wahid, will present “The Kashmir Conundrum: Beyond the India-Pakistan Paradigm,” at 5 p.m. in room 103 of the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation, Both events are free and open to the public.

Siddiq Wahid is a historian of Central Asia and Tibet. He holds a Ph.D. in inner Asian and Altaic studies from Harvard University. He has been the vice chancellor of the Islamic University of Science & Technology in Kashmir and the Maharaja Gulab Singh Professor in History at the University of Jammu. He is a member of the Pugwash and the Conciliation Resources initiatives on the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

For more information about this event, call 845-758-7204, or e-mail Sanjib Baruah at For more information about the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, go to

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This event was last updated on 10-26-2011