Category Archives: Interviews

Interview with Masooma Shakir, NED

In Conversation: Masooma Shakir with Saba Sindhri

Architect Masooma Mohib Shakir is Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Planning Department, NED, Karachi. She got her undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. She got her Masters from University of Leuven, Belgium and is currently working on her Phd research on Interrelationship of Living Heritage to its Context, Case of Sufi Shrines in Sindh, at the , in Germany. Her interests lie particularly in planning and urban design for historic environments. She has been involved in several urban research projects and publications and contributed to national and international journals, symposiums and conferences. Continue reading Interview with Masooma Shakir, NED

Interview with Professor Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway

Interview with Professor Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway, University of London (by Saba Sindhri, CEIAS-EHESS)

Professor Sarah Ansari is Professor of History on South Asia’s recent past at Royal Holloway University of London. Her research interests tend to focus on the history of (1) the province of Sindh and its mega-port city of Karachi, and (2) the lives of women in South
Asia. Her main publications are Sufi saints and state power. The pirs of Sindh, 1843-1947, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992; Women, Religion, and Culture in Iran, Editor with Vanessa Martin, Routledge, 2002; Life after Partition: Migration, Community
and Strife in Sindh, 1947-1962, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005; From subjects to Citizens: Society and the Everyday State in India and Pakistan, 1947-1970, Joint Editor with Taylor C. Sherman & William Gould, Delhi, Cambridge University Press, 2014; Boundaries of Belonging: localities, citizenship and rights in India and Pakistan, co-authored with William Gould, CUP, 2019. Continue reading Interview with Professor Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway

Interview with Ali S. Asani, 2011

Ali Asani is Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University. He is a renowned specialist in the field of Sindhi literary studies. Michel Boivin interviewed him during his passage to Canada for a conference in May 2011.

Could you tell us a few words about your background and training as a scholar?

I received my undergraduate and doctoral (Ph.D.) education at Harvard. My undergraduate (B.A.) degree was in the Comparative Study of Religion with a specialization in Islam and Indo-Muslim literatures, while my doctorate was from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations where I specialized in the study of Islam and Muslim Cultures in South Asia. In receiving this education, which combined the study of religion with the study of South Asian Muslim literatures and cultures, I was fortunate to have two renowned mentors, Professors Annemarie Schimmel and Wilfred Cantwell-Smith. Continue reading Interview with Ali S. Asani, 2011

Interview with Ahmet Karamustafa, 2010

Ahmet Karamustafa is Professor of History and Religious Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He has written on various aspects of the social and intellectual history of pre-modern Islam and worked especially on Qalandars and other “deviant” Sufi movements.

During his visit to Paris in May 2010, Delphine Ortis, a MIFS member, interviewed him on his intellectual trajectory as well as his vision of the Qalandariyya, and the differentiation he makes between Sufism and the cult of saints. Continue reading Interview with Ahmet Karamustafa, 2010

Interview with Kishwar Rizvi, 2010

Kishwar Rizvi is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art History and Islamic Architecture at Yale University. She has recently completed a book: The Safavid Dynastic Shrine: History, religion and architecture in early modern Iran (London: British Institute for Persian Studies, I. B. Tauris, 2010). Dr Rizvi co-edited with Sandy Isenstadt another book, Modernism and the Middle East: Architecture and politics in the twentieth century (University of Washington Press, 2008). During her visit to Paris in December 2009, Annabelle Collinet (Louvre Museum), interviewed her about her work and projects. Continue reading Interview with Kishwar Rizvi, 2010

Interview with Richard K. Wolf, 2009

Richard K. Wolf is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Harvard University. While working first on the Kotas of South India, he did fieldwork on Shia and Sufi rituals in Pakistan. Dr Frédérique Pagani, a MIFS member, interviewed him in May 2009 about his fieldwork in Sindh, including his methodology.

How did you come to study Sufism? Continue reading Interview with Richard K. Wolf, 2009