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NOV Onwards
Theoretical Foundations
Postcolonial Theory
Rohit Goel
07
DEC Onwards
Criticism & Theory
Who is afraid of Mimesis?
Parul Dave Mukherji
09
DEC
Yoga and Tantra
Living the Landscape Within
Christopher Key Chapple
14
DEC
Criticism & Theory
What is this ‘populism’?
Akeel Bilgrami
16
DEC
Criticism & Theory
​“Why Is Trump So Enjoyable?”
William Mazzarella
03
JAN Onwards
Islamic Aesthetics
Spiritual Beyondness
Avinoam Shalem
06
JAN
Islamic Aesthetics
Sufi and Sultans
Helen Philon
08
JAN
Islamic Aesthetics
Poetry’s Place
Will Kwiatkowski
09
JAN
Islamic Aesthetics
Aesthetics of the Sacred in Persian Poet
Various
10
JAN
Islamic Aesthetics
God’s Unruly Friends
Ahmet T. Karamustafa
11
JAN Onwards
Islamic Aesthetics
Art and Islamic Numismatics
Shailendra Bhandare
18
JAN
Yoga and Tantra
Killing Ascetics
William Pinch
19
JAN Onwards
Indian Aesthetics
Raw Unfired Clay Sculpture
Susan S Bean
08
FEB Onwards
Buddhist Aesthetics
Buddhist Heritage at the Crossroads

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Jnanapravaha
Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai - 400001. India.
E-mail: to.jnanapravaha@gmail.com, info@jp-india.org
Tel      : +91-22-2207 2974 / 2207 2975
Landmark: We are next to Cathedral Middle School, in the lane opposite J.B.Petit School.

 

 
 

Islamic Aethetics

Certificate Course in Islamic Aesthetics: In Praise of Aj'aib, the Wondrous


Course Description

The endless inventiveness of Islamic Art, evidenced in paradisiacal imagery and ornamentation, produces forms of expression that celebrate the splendour and sublimity of Allah’s creation and testify to the tradition, ‘Verily, God is Beauty and loves that which is beautiful’. Manifestations of faith and an environmental quest of radiant magnificence can be seen in architecture and design which are not only exemplary of sophisticated urbanism but also of the unique absorption and integration of disparate cultural forms. The language of Islamic Art, its aesthetics and its syntax, can thus be summed up as at once heavenly and earthly.

 

In January 2018, Jnanapravaha Mumbai is pleased to offer a new certificate course in Islamic Aesthetics

 

Spiritual Beyondness: The Form of Allah and Visions of the Divine
Avinoam Shalem (Columbia University)
Dates : 3rd, 4th, & 5th January 2018

Can the eternal, as opposed to the historical, and the outmost Holy, which cannot be grasped by human being, be visualized? And if, how and to what extent? These are the basic questions that form and dictate the aesthetic realm of the ‘Sacred’. Despite several religious constrains, which usually involve the concepts of the ‘Forbidden’ and the ‘Beyond Sight’ of the Sacred in Islam, the aspiration for Devine apparition (theophany) and its spiritual experience seemed to enrich and inspire the aesthetic of the Art of the Holy in Islam and to define its distinctive characters and limits.


These series of three lectures will be devoted to three major aspects concerning the visualization of the Divine. The first discussion focuses on the concept of theophany – the Hadith of the Vision (al-ru’ya) – and on the ‘incarnation’ of the divine, namely its meta in morphosis. The second lecture analyzes varied iconic visions of the Haram (the sacred sanctuary) of Mecca. Its focus is the scared space as real and imagined. The third lecture discusses metaphors associated with the image of the Divine and on substances associated with the eternal and everlasting.


3rd Jan - Theophany, the Hadith of the Vision (al-ru’ya), and incarnations

4th Jan - Images of the Haram in Mecca

5th Jan - "Metaphors We Live By": The Lamp, Veil, and Screen and Materials that resist time


Timing

Tea: 5:45 pm
First session: 6:00-7:00 pm
Break: 7:00-7:20 pm
Second session: 7:20-8:30 pm


Registration

INR 3000

Sufi and Sultans: Contested Spiritual and Public Territories
Helen Philon (Deccan Heritage Foundation, London and Mumbai)
Dates : 6th January 2018

The lecture will focus on the relation between Sufis and Sultans that developed from the Sultan's dependence on the Sufi for the legitimisation of his sovereignty to becoming an autonomous monarch with combined mundane and spiritual powers. The changing role of the spiritual establishments, the influential socio-political and religious environment of Timurid Khorasan led to a thriving cosmology of sovereignty. This process of sanctification was initiated by Firuz Shah Bahmani as suggested by his tomb's iconography. His brother Ahmad Shah was acclaimed as saint or wali during his lifetime due to his miraculous gift as rain maker, a gift confirmed by Shah Nimatullah, the revered Sufi from southern Iran who the ruler chose as spiritual advisor.


Timing

Tea: 5:45 pm
First session: 6:00-7:00 pm
Break: 7:00-7:20 pm
Second session: 7:20-8:30 pm


Registration

INR 1000

Poetry’s Place: Persian Architectural Inscriptions in the Bahmani Sultanate
William Kwiatkowski
Dates : 8th January 2018

The lecture will discuss the architectural epigraphy of the Bahmani Sultanate in the Deccan and show how inscriptions reflected key social and cultural developments, such as changes in the relationship between temporal and spiritual authority and the concomitant development of new types of sacred spaces. There will be a particular focus on Persian inscriptions, the appearance of which in religious architecture accompanied the changing status of the Persian language as a vehicle for religious expression. These changes will be placed in the context of developments in the architectural and social history of the Delhi Sultanate, Iran and the Ottoman Empire.


Timing

Tea: 5:45 pm
First session: 6:00-7:00 pm
Break: 7:00-7:20 pm
Second session: 7:20-8:30 pm


Registration

INR 1000

Itinerant Dervishes and Persian Mystical Poetry
Ahmet Karamustafa and Fatemeh Keshavarz
Dates:9th January 2018

T.B.D


Timing

Tea: 5:45 pm
First session: 6:00-7:00 pm
Break: 7:00-7:20 pm
Second session: 7:20-8:30 pm


Registration

INR 1000

God’s Unruly Friends: Libertine Sufis in Historical Perspective
Deccan Heritage Foundation India, Mirella Petteni Haggiag Annual Lecture
Ahmet Karamustafa
Dates : 10th January 2018

From the thirteenth century onward, there was a marked upsurge in the number of itinerant bands of Muslim mendicants who roamed the countryside and a proliferation of solitary enraptured saints who inhabited liminal spaces around towns and villages. This talk will explore the history of these libertine dervishes as well as some of their beliefs and practices.


Timing

Tea: 5:45 pm
First session: 6:00-7:00 pm
Break: 7:00-7:20 pm
Second session: 7:20-8:30 pm


Registration

INR 1000

Art and Islamic Numismatics
Shailendra Bhandare
Dates : 11th, 12th, & 13th January 2018

The lectures delivered in this program will focus on various aspects of art of Islamic coins, from a wide geographic area stretching from Turkey to Malaysia, and covering nearly a thousand years. Each lecture will consist of two halves – in one, we will focus on a specific topic and in the other, expand it to a more wide interpretative and analytical study. We will be dealing with contextualising Islamic Numismatics and art of Islamic coins into broader historical themes.


11th Jan - Transregional Connections – Iconic depictions on Islamic Coins in a Historical perspective

12th Jan - Power and Prestige – the Numismatic Art of the Imperial Mughals

13th Jan - Memories in Metal – Portraiture and Medallic Art in Princely India


Timing

Tea: 5:45 pm
First session: 6:00-7:00 pm
Break: 7:00-7:20 pm
Second session: 7:20-8:30 pm


Registration

INR 3000

 
 

Fees

Participants can opt for individual lectures based on the fees mentioned above, or they can opt for the course in its entirety at a special registration fee of INR 8000/-. They will then be eligible for a certificate of attendance.

 

How to Apply

For registration visit Jnanapravaha Mumbai’s Office. Course fees are accepted in cash, or cheque in favor of 'Jnanapravaha'.

 
 
 
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