Submitted by Barry Flood:
New York University, Silsila: Center for Material Histories
"BARAKA BODIES: PRESENCE, ABSENCE, AND OBJECT AGENCY IN SOUTH ASIAN SHIʿI MATERIALITY"
[Silsila Fall 2022 Series]
Karen Ruffle, University of Toronto
Wednesday, October 12th, 12:30pm EDT
[Webinar] Silsila Fall 2022 Lecture Series, Body and Senses
Shiʿi image-objects capable of engaging in the production of acts such as taʿziyas (replicas of Imam Husain's shrine-tomb in Karbala), ʿalams (metal standards representing the Imams or family of the Prophet Muhammad, the Ahl-e Bait), tabuts (coffin replicas), jhulas (the cradle of Husain's infant son ʿAli Asghar), and Husain's battle horse Zuljanah are visual images that stimulate acts of religious seeing for South Asian Shiʿa, making present the absent Imams and Ahl-e Bait.
As forms of Shiʿi materiality, image-objects such as the taʿziya and ʿalam, are focal objects that promote reciprocal visual exchange, creating cultural memory and social interaction. Through acts of reciprocal gazing, the image-object is transformed from object to subject, endowed with agency to work miracles, to intercede for devotees, and to hear devotees' prayers.
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