February 4

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Our colleague Afshan Bokhari of the New England School of Art and Design (NESAD), part of Suffolk University, appears in a movie to be shown next Tuesday.  You will want to see the film.

The film is titled Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World.  The showing is at the Sackler Museum on the Harvard campus at 485 Broadway Street in Cambridge from 5:00pm to 7:15pm. on 7th Feb.  It is sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard.  The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

We congratulate Professor Bokhari on this achievement on the recognition it represents of her status in the field of Islamic art studies

December 22

Prof. Bokhari’s lectures at Brandeis and MFA

One lecture at Brandeis University
The Gendered Dimensions of Ragas: The Male and Female modes of Harmony In Classical Indian Music, Poetry and Painting
6th March 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center, Room 212

Two lectures at the MFA this spring:
Sultanate and Mughal Architecture
7th March 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Rajput Paintings and Palaces
14th March 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

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December 13

Prof. Bokhari’s recent publications and presentations


Prof. Bokhari has the following accomplishments to report:

  • A book chapter titled “Between Patron and Piety: Jahan Ara Begum’s Sufi Affiliations and Articulations” in Sufism and Society: Arrangements of the Mystical in the Muslim World, 1200-1800 C.E., ed. John J. Curry and Erik S. Ohlander (London and New York: Routledge, August, 2011).
  • She also published an article titled  “Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures: Female Agency in Seventeenth Century Mughal India.” Journal of Persianate Studies, Special Issue, (June 2011, Brill ). [Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures page 1]
  • “The ‘Light’ of the Timuria: Jahan Ara Begum’s Patronage, Piety and Poetry in 17th C. Mughal India.”Marg Art Journal, 60.1 (2008): 52-61. [The “Light” of the Timuria page 1]

Media appearance

Prof. Bokhari has helped to create a documentary film scheduled for broadcast on PBS in 2012. Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World”  a documentary film exploring themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color, and Water, the film takes audiences on a global journey through Islamic regions to hear the stories behind the masterworks of Islamic art and architecture. (GardnerFilms.com)

Conference Presentation

  • “Chasing Legacy: Jahan Ara Begum’s( 1614-1681) Loci of Memory at Begum Dalani, Ajmer (1638), Chahar Burj, Lahore (1646) and the Mullah Shah Khanaqah, Srinagar, Kashmir (1648).” Trust for Historic Arts and Architecture Pakistan. Lahore, Pakistan, November 11-13, 2011.
  • “Sexual Desire as Mystical Confessions in Jahan Ara Begam’s (1614-1681) Autobiographical Sufi Writings.” Women’s Autobiography in Islamic Societies: Representation and Identity. The American University Sharjah, Dubai, 29-31 October, 2011
  • “Ars Erotica: ‘Visualizing’ the Sensual Sūfi in 16th-18th C. Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Miniature Paintings, Poetry and Sūfi narratives” Harvard University: Aga Khan Program Fellowship Lecture Series, April 22, 2011.
April 27

Prof. Bokhari’s Harvard talk

Our colleague Afshan Bokhari recently delivered a lecture at Harvard. Her talk was titled Ars Erotica: ‘Visualizing’ Sufism in Indian and Persian Miniature Paintings and the Narratives of Jahan Ara Begam (1614-1681).

The talk was sponsored by The Aga Kahn Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University. Dr. Bokhari is currently a Harvard AKPIA Fellow in the Program.

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