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Rethinking Place in South Asian and Islamic Art, 1500-Present

1st Edition

Edited by Deborah S. Hutton, Rebecca M. Brown


268 pages | 81 B/W Illus.

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Place plays a fundamental role in the structuring of the discipline of Art History. And yet, place also limits the questions art historians can ask and impairs analysis of objects and locations in the interstices of established, ossified categories. The chapters in this interdisciplinary volume investigate place in all of its dynamism and complexity: several call into question traditional constructions regarding place in Art History, while others explore the fundamental role that place plays in lived experience. The particular nexus for this collection lies at the intersection and overlap of two major subfields in the history of art: South Asia and the Islamic world, both of which are seemingly geographically determined, yet at the same time uncategorizable as place with their ever-shifting and contested borders. The eleven chapters brought together here move from the early modern through to the contemporary, and span particular monuments and locations ranging from Asia and Europe to Africa and the Americas. The chapters take on the question of place as it operates in more obvious settings, such as architectural monuments and exhibitionary contexts, while also probing the way place operates when objects move or when the very place they exist in transforms dramatically. This volume engages place through the movement of objects, the evocation of senses, desires, and memories and the on-going project of articulating the parameters of place and location.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In and Out of Place: Engagements in South Asian and Islamic Art History

Deborah S. Hutton and Rebecca M. Brown 

Part I: Experiencing Place

1. "And in the Soup Kitchen Food Shall Be Cooked Twice Every Day": Gustatory Aspects of

Ottoman Mosque Complexes

Nina Ergin

2. A Mandir for the Masses or Apparatus of Imperial Authority? The Amba Mata Temple in


Jennifer Joffee

3. Water in the Expanded Field: Art, Thought and Immersion in the Yamuna river: 2005–2011

Venugopal Maddipati

4. The Global, The Local, The Contemporary, The Collaborative: Ghari/Ghar Pe/At Home,

Dharavi, Mumbai, 2012

Atreyee Gupta

Part II: Shifting Place

5. Mary on the Moon: Ivory Statuettes of the Virgin Mary from Goa and Sri Lanka

Marsha G. Olson

6. From Dictatorship to Democracy: Cordoba’s Islamic Monuments in the Twentieth Century

Jennifer Roberson

7. Mosque, Dome, Minaret: Ahmadiyya Architecture in Germany since 2000

Alisa Eimen

Part III: Defining Place

8. Shangri La: The Archive-Museum and the Spatial Topologies of Islamic Art History

Sugata Ray

9. A Thoroughly Modern Major: Photography, Identity, and Politics at the Court of Hyderabad

Deborah S. Hutton

10. Useful but Dangerous: Photography and the Madras School of Art, 1850–1873

Deepali Dewan

11. Temporal Transformations: Terracotta and Trash

Rebecca M. Brown

About the Editors

Deborah S. Hutton is Professor, Department of Art and Art History, The College of New Jersey, USA.

Rebecca M. Brown is Associate Professor, History of Art, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / History / General
ART / Asian
ART / Middle Eastern
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Middle East / General
RELIGION / Islam / General
RELIGION / Islam / History