Jahfar Shareef Pokkanali


Jahfar Shareef Pokkanali 

PhD Project

Title: "Sacred Spatialities in Transition: Mapping Muslim Architecture in the littorals of South India"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Julia Hegewald  

  • 2014-2016 Community archivist of vernacular Islamic texts and documentation of visual and material culture of mosques and Sufi shrines of South India.
  • 2013 M.Phil from Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • 2010 M.A in Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • 2008 B.A in Sociology, Farook College, University of Calicut, Kerala.

Book Review: 

  • 'Hilal Ahmed, Muslim Political Discourse in Postcolonial India: Monuments, Memory, Contestation' in South Asia Research (Sage) July 2015 35: 257-259. 
  • 'Muslim sacred spatialities in Transition: The Mosques of Kerala' in an international conference on 'Religion and Social Diversity in South Asia' (October 12-14, 2015) at Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla.
  • 'Jasad-ul-Muslim’ Sailing Across ‘Duniyavu’: Imagery, Pedagogy and ‘Ilm, a Painting from a Mosque in Malabar, Kerala' in ‘Ilm: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam', ( 20-23 July 2016) fifth international conference organised by CAMEA (Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture), at University of Adelaide, South Australia. 
  • “‘Jasad-ul-Muslim’; Sailing across ‘Duniyav’: A Ship Painting from an 18th-Century Mosque in Malabar, South India” in ‘Speech and Space: Discursive Environments across non-Arab Islam’, 7-9 September, 2017, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee (Updated version under review for publication). 
  • Between ‘Syncretic past’ and ‘Islamic present’: Vernacular Mosques and the Spatial Makeover of Islam in Contemporary Kerala, South India. International Journal of Islamic Architecture; Special Issue: Boundaries, Flows, and the Construction of Muslim Selves through Architecture Thematic volume planned for June 2019 (paper abstract accepted). 
  • Malayalam
  • English (fluent)
  • Arabic
  • Tamil (intermediate)
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