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From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Summer 2022)
From Konkan to Coromandel – Deccan Heritage, Art and Culture (Summer 2022). The fourth season of seminars and lectures co-organized by the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Bangalore International Centre, presenting the pioneering work of scholars in various cultural fields from both the Northern and Southern Deccan regions of India.
In this presentation, I argue that “Ḥaidarābād, the city of Ḥaidar,” was newly built by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 as an explicitly Shiʿi city. Connecting ritual action, Hyderabad’s urban topography, and the performance of Qutb Shahi kingship, we will explore the explicit relationship between religious architecture—what we might call space and place— and Shiʿi image-objects established Hyderabad as a Shiʿi Paradise in the Indian subcontinent.
Image credit (website & poster): Badshahi ʿAshurkhana, Hyderabad, India. Photo by Karen Ruffle, October 2015.
In collaboration with the Deccan Heritage Foundation, the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Bangalore International Centre.
Karen Ruffle is Associate Professor of South Asian Islam in the Departments of Historical Studies and Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on devotional texts, ritual practice, and Shiʿi material practices in South Asia. Her books include Everyday Shiʿism in South Asia (2021) and Gender, Sainthood, and Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi’ism (2011). Her current projects include a monograph titled, Building the City of Haider: Kingship, Urban Space, and Shiʿi Ritual in Qutb Shahi Hyderabad and a large-scale study of South Asian Shiʿi material culture and sensorial practices titled, Barakah Bodies: Shiʿi Materiality, the Sensorium, and Ritual in India and Pakistan.