"From Inner Asia to the Indian Ocean: A Festival Migrates" presented by Nile Green
Please join us in the Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room, Thursday, October 23 at 4:00PM for an exhibition reception and keynote lecture sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library and Pomona College.
From Inner Asia to the Indian Ocean: A Festival Migrates
Nile Green, Director of the Program on Central Asia, UCLA
In the festival of the Urs or ‘spiritual wedding,’ the death anniversaries of the Muslim saints are celebrated as a carnival of music, song and feasting. While the Urs is usually considered a uniquely Indian custom, this talk reveals it as a festival-on-the-move that migrated over the centuries from Inner Asia to India and the Indian Ocean. Gathering diverse new participants on its travels, the Urs allows us to connect the Islamic traditions of Indian Ocean with those of inland Persia and Afghanistan.
Following the lecture we invite you to browse the new exhibition Navigating Culture: Islam and Encounter in the Indian Ocean World. Navigating Culture is comprised of Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections materials reflecting the movement of people, culture, and ideas between the continents of Africa and Asia, through the Indian Ocean, and spanning the 7th – 19th centuries. Curated by Anisha Bhat (Pomona College ’15), Anna Kramer (Pomona College ’16), and Special Collections staff, Ayat Agah and Gale Burrow, Navigating Culture will be on display October 22- December 19 in the Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections Gallery (Honnold 2nd floor).