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Jahfar Shareef Pokkanali


Jahfar Shareef Pokkanali 

PhD Project

Title: "Sacred Spatialities in Transition: Mapping Muslim Architecture in the littorals of South India"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Julia Hegewald  

Work experience

2014-2016 Community archivist of vernacular Islamic texts and documentation of visual and material culture of mosques and Sufi shrines of South India. 


2013 M.Phil from Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 

2010 M.A in Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. 

2008 B.A in Sociology, Farook College, University of Calicut, Kerala. 

Conference Papers and Publications 

Book Review: 

  • 'Hilal Ahmed, Muslim Political Discourse in Postcolonial India: Monuments, Memory, Contestation' in South Asia Research (Sage) July 2015 35: 257-259. 
  • 'Muslim sacred spatialities in Transition: The Mosques of Kerala' in an international conference on 'Religion and Social Diversity in South Asia' (October 12-14, 2015) at Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla.
  • 'Jasad-ul-Muslim’ Sailing Across ‘Duniyavu’: Imagery, Pedagogy and ‘Ilm, a Painting from a Mosque in Malabar, Kerala' in ‘Ilm: Science, Religion, and Art in Islam', ( 20-23 July 2016) fifth international conference organised by CAMEA (Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture), at University of Adelaide, South Australia. 
  • “‘Jasad-ul-Muslim’; Sailing across ‘Duniyav’: A Ship Painting from an 18th-Century Mosque in Malabar, South India” in ‘Speech and Space: Discursive Environments across non-Arab Islam’, 7-9 September, 2017, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee (Updated version under review for publication). 
  • Between ‘Syncretic past’ and ‘Islamic present’: Vernacular Mosques and the Spatial Makeover of Islam in Contemporary Kerala, South India. International Journal of Islamic Architecture; Special Issue: Boundaries, Flows, and the Construction of Muslim Selves through Architecture Thematic volume planned for June 2019 (paper abstract accepted). 


Language Proficiency

  • Malayalam 
  • English (fluent)
  • Arabic 
  • Tamil (intermediate)