SAI Event Topic : Muslim Societies in South Asia


The Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble: A Journey of Cultures and Faiths Through Qawwali

The Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble: A Journey of Cultures and Faiths Through Qawwali

Artistic Director and founder of Riyaaz Qawwali, Sonny Mehta, will share his personal story from learning classical music to performing qawwali, the musical genre commonly associated with the Sufi tradition in South Asia. He will demonstrate the basics of qawwali, unfolding the relevant musical elements, poetry and important performance aspects.

Conversation on the Intersection of Culture, Journalism and Religion

Conversation on the Intersection of Culture, Journalism and Religion
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar Madeeha Syed, Pakistani Journalist Marco Werman, The World Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University Join Pakistani journalist Madeeha Syed, Marco Werman from Public Radio...

Dastangoi: The art of Urdu storytelling

Dastangoi: The art of Urdu storytelling
*Please not the change in start time. Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar Ankit Chadha, Storyteller / Author Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University Dastangoi, the lost art of Urdu storytelling, developed in...

Music and Satire in Pakistan

Music and Satire in Pakistan
Muslim Societies in South Asia and Art Seminar Ali Aftab Saeed with Saad Sultan, Musicians Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University Satire is one of...

Storytelling, Learning and Human Communication

Storytelling, Learning and Human Communication
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Author, Translator, Storyteller Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University Click here to...

Reflections: A Conversation with Salim and Sulaiman Merchant

Reflections: A Conversation with Salim and Sulaiman Merchant
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar Read a summary of the event here. Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, Musicians and composers Moderator: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program,...

Perspectives: A Conversation with Rohail Hyatt

Perspectives: A Conversation with Rohail Hyatt
Arts Initiative and Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar Rohail Hyatt, Producer, Coke Studio; actor; film composer; rock music artist; and keyboardist Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences;...

Sufi Shrines and the Secular State

Sufi Shrines and the Secular State
Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar Anna B. Bigelow, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, North Carolina State University Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences;...

The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics

The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics
SAI Book Talk Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History, Director, Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts University Discussant: Atiya Khan, SAI Aman Fellow Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty...
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