Amal Sachedina, the 2014/15 Aga Khan Visiting Professor (VP) in Islamic Humanities at Brown University will be presenting a lecture at the Watson Institute for International Studies on the topic Translating Tradition into Modernity: Refiguring Religion through Heritage Practices in the Sultanate of Oman.
Amal Sachedina’s work contributes to debates about the modernist notion of time and its relationship to global historical conservation practice and draws attention to the modern state and its role in shaping new modes of relationships between religion and politics.
EVENT: Aga Khan Islamic Humanities | Translating Tradition into Modernity: Refiguring Religion through Heritage Practices in the Sultanate of Oman
SPEAKER: Amal Sachedina
DATE: Thursday, November 20th, 2014
TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
VENUE: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street, Brown University, Providence, RI 02906 United States
This event will be live streamed. A recording will be posted to our website after the event.
Since its inception as a nation state from 1970, Oman’s expanding heritage industry and market for crafts and sites – exemplified by the boom in museums, exhibitions, cultural festivals and the restoration of more than a hundred forts, castles and citadels – fashions a distinctly national geography and a territorial imaginary. Material forms – ranging from old mosques and shari’a manuscript to restored forts and national symbols such as the coffee pot or the dagger (khanjar) – saturate the landscape and become increasingly ubiquitous as part of a public and visual memorialization of the past. But the construction of the heritage project in modern Oman has also necessitated the reconfiguration of the public domains of history and Islam as seemingly separate and autonomous, erasing any awareness of the socio-political and ethical relationships that once characterized Ibadi Islamic rule (1913-1958) in the region.
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About Amal Sachedina
Amal Sachedina completed her graduate work in socio-cultural anthropology and Middle East studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Her research, now a book project, explores the material practices of making and reflecting on the past through examining the changing functions and roles of material objects and landscapes over the course of the 20th century at a time when the last Ibadi Imamate (1913-1959) pervaded the interior of what is now the Sultanate of Oman.
Sachedina’s work contributes to debates about the modernist notion of time and its relationship to global historical conservation practice and draws attention to the modern state and its role in shaping new modes of relationships between religion and politics.
She has recently been a Mellon fellow at the American Museum of Natural History where she conducted research on the Asian collections as part of the process of constructing exhibit narratives on Islam and Middle East as part of the pre-planning phase towards renovating the Asia Wing at the American Museum of Natural History, NY.
In fostering an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of material culture, Amal Sachedina earned a B.A. in archaeology from the University of Michigan and an M.Phil in Islamic Art and Archaeology from Oxford University and has been a research consultant for World Heritage advisory bodies such as ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Sites) and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property).
About the Aga Khan Professorship at Brown University
The Aga Khan Visiting Professor in Islamic Humanities brings to Brown’s campus leading thinkers in a range of humanities disciplines. Broadly defined, this rotating professorship includes scholars of comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, contemporary art, the humanistic dimensions of anthropology and sociology or the interdisciplinary focus on the values that underpin and sustain civil society.
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