"Symbolism and Memory in Imperial Mughal Tombs"
with Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi (SOAS)
on Thursday 23rd February 2017
Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York (Heslington)
Entry is by free ticket only available at www.york.ac.uk/tickets
The Mughals, the Muslim rulers of South Asia between 1526 and 1858, created incredible works of funerary architecture, that have remained until today some of the most iconic examples of this genre. This talk will examine the four monumental Imperial mausoleums constructed during the Mughal era and their symbolic, temporal and political importance: Humayun’s in Delhi, Akbar’s in Sikandra, Jahangir’s in Lahore, and the Taj Mahal in Agra. As conquerors from outside the region, it was imperative for the Mughal rulers to create visual stamps of their authority and rulership in their empire. They thus imbued their tombs with multiple layers of meaning, including notions of dynastic importance and lineage, the visualisation of power, commemoration for both the deceased and the patron, and paradisical symbolism.
Fozia Parveen (chair)