28-AUG-2019: CAS concludes two-day symposium
Aligarh, August 28: Centre of Advanced Study (CAS), Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) concluded its two-day symposium on 'Medieval Archaeology in India' in which experts spoke about explorations and excavations and unknown pre-historic past.
Professor Shireen Moosvi chaired the sessions, in which Prof Ali Nadeem Rezavi, Chairperson and Coordinator, CAS, Department of History; Rana Safvi, New Delhi based historian and writer and AMU alumna; Prof S Jabir Raza and Prof M K Pundhir, Incharge, Archeology Section presented their works.
Presenting research work on 'Reconstructing Women's History from Archaeological Materials', Prof Shireen Moosvi emphasised that archaeology is not only about digging up past remains, but about interpreting the meaning of these finds and what their users thought about the objects and monuments.
She presented archaeological materials such as tools and skeletal remains depicting women's history from Palaeolithic Stone Age to the Neolithic age.
Rana Safvi's presentation on 'Post-1857 Red Fort in the Light of Asar us Sanadid and Sairul Manazil' threw light on buildings, monuments and people in post-1857 Delhi.
She used literary evidence and pictorial representations from Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's Asar us Sanadid and Sangin Beg's Sairul Manazil to furnish information on the structure and understanding of the period.
Rana spoke extensively on the Red Fort and Ghulam Ali Khan's Naqqar Khana, Tasbih Khana and the Musammam Burj.
Giving presentation on 'Understanding Mughal History with Images: Monuments, Murals, and Wall Paintings', Prof Ali Nadeem Rezavi explained history with the help of Mughal illustrations.
Prof Rezavi discussed the collaborative work of Mughal Art and the artists behind it.
Explaining the use of Mughal paintings in studying architectural features of monuments at Fathpur Sikri, Prof Rezavi pointed out that these paintings can be used to understand details of economic and technological developments of the Mughal period.
Prof M K Pundhir presented research on 'Sub-Imperial Medieval Monuments at Agra: Their Surveys and Interpretations', which is a part of the UGC-funded project on Mughal Structures.
His presentation showed several architectural features of structures from Agra such as Jahangir Baradari, the Shajahani Burj, the Battis Khamba and the Tomb of Salabat Khan among others.
With his work on 'Epigraphs as a Source for the Study of Medieval Indian History', Prof S Jabir Raza discussed how epigraphs, inscriptions and coins supplement and correct literary sources.
Prof Ali Nadeem Rezavi extended the vote of thanks.
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