Reflections on The Premodern Islamic Monuments In The Maghrib (Western North Africa)

Reflections on The Premodern Islamic Monuments In The Maghrib (Western North Africa)

  • 08 Sep
    09 Sep
    2020

    Islamic Aesthetics

    Riyaz Latif

Reflections on The Premodern Islamic Monuments In The Maghrib (Western North Africa)

Image: The Great Mosque of Kairouan, Tunisia

This series, comprised of four individual unrelated talks, will address in a prefatory manner the historical-cultural contexts of select premodern Islamic architectural works in the Maghrib ranging from the sacred and the funerary to the institutional and the educational. While being cognizant of the formal configurations of these structures, the concomitant objective will be to engage with the dynamic of their cultural and visual meanings for more organic insights into their creation.

Day 1:

  • Aghlabid Investitures in Ifriqiyah: 9th-century Structures in Kairouan
  • Negotiating the Metaphorical Frontiers: Aghlabid Ribats in Ifriqiyah

Day 2:

  • Ornate Archiving of Sovereignty: Marinid Madrasas in Fez
  • Knowledge and Sacred Earth: Madrasa in the Marinid Chella

Online Public Seminar Series | Platform: Cisco Webex

Duration -

September 8, 9, 2020

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Fees

Rs. 2,000

Registrations will open on 08-Aug-2020

Riyaz Latif

Riyaz Latif

Dr. Riyaz Latif is an art historian of Islamic cultures, with particular concentration on premodern Maghrib (western North Africa). Currently Associate Professor at FLAME University, Pune, he has taught at Wellesley College and Vanderbilt University (USA). His academic writing has sought to address historical and visual processes of Islamic art; such concerns inform his book manuscript, titled Ornate Visions of Knowledge and Power: Formation of Marinid Madrasas in Maghrib al-Aqsa. He has also authored two collections of poems in Urdu, a book of European poetry in Urdu translation, as well as essays on literature.