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TAPSA: Mai Misra, Multivalence and Materiality in the Sidi (African-Indian) Sufi Tradition

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 5:00pm

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Jazmin Graves, doctoral candidate in South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

This presentation explores multivalent conceptions of the African Sufi saints honored in Gujarat and Maharashtra in order to analyze the veneration of Mai Misra in the Sidi Sufi tradition. While select rituals historically and contemporarily provide continuity between disjointed waves of the African diaspora in India, the material culture surrounding Mai Misra’s veneration highlights processes of accommodation by which displaced Africans – particularly women – assimilated into new locales in nineteenth century Gujarat.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 5:00pm
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