'#MumbaiMuharram - The cosmopolitan origins of a religious ritual' by Dr Reza Masoudi Nejad
Today, the biggest celebration in Mumbai is the Ganpati festival. But a little over a century ago, before the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav celebration came into being, Mumbai was known for its elaborate Muharram processions taking the taboots to the sea with a following that not just transcended Muslim sects, but even other religions. In our Online Talk #MumbaiMuharram, urbanist Dr Reza Masoudi Nejad takes us back into history when Muharram in Mumbai was more than just a religious ritual, one that has played a significant role in the dynamics of the cosmopolitan process of Mumbai over the last two centuries.
About the speaker:
Dr Reza Masoudi Nejad is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Department of History and Research Associate at Department of Anthropology, SOAS, University of London. An urbanist with a cross-disciplinary background, his work focuses on religious rituals in an urban landscape, crowds and protest, urban violence and the transformation of cities in the Middle East and India. He has extensively published about the dynamics of Muharram in Mumbai as an urban ritual.
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Date: 17th June 2020
Time: 7.00 pm
Duration: 1 hour + Q&A
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