Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
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Popular Islam and Urban Spaces: The Nizamuddin Shrine in New Delhi An Illustrated Talk by Yousuf Saeed, Friday January 22 6:30 pm

This talk by Yousuf Saeed on the popular image and media practices around Delhi’s Sufi shrine of Nizamuddin Aulia focuses on how the popular visuality around the shrine has changed over time in response to the changes brought about by urbanization, movement of pilgrims, new technology, and competition from the more orthodox tableeghi and Wahhabi ideologues in the vicinity.

This work-in-progress is part of a research and documentation project tracing the transcultural flows between Europe and Asia in Muslim popular iconography, under the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows’, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Yousuf Saeed is a Delhi-based researcher and filmmaker having directed well-known documentary films such as Basant, Khayal Darpan, and The Train to Heaven, among others, which have been screened at several international film festivals. He has worked for the Times of India and Encyclopaedia Britannica as video and image editor. His research on popular Muslim devotional iconography in
India has culminated into a forthcoming book. Yousuf is currently the director of Tasveer Ghar, a digital archive of Indian popular visual culture.

Friday, January 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Siddhartha Hall, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhawan
3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001

Entry free

Posted on 16 Jan 2010
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