Riyaz Latif, Mellon Assistant Professor of History of Art, was invited to lecture at Nashville State Community College on March 28. Trained as an architect in India, Latif primarily focuses his teaching and research on Islamic art and architecture.
He was one of ten Andrew W. Mellon John E. Sawyer Seminar Fellows at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities addressing “When the Fringe Dwarfs the Center: Vernacular Islam Beyond the Islamic World” during the academic year 2015-2016. In November 2016 he delivered the Dorothy Ford Wiley Lecture at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill on “Archiving Knowledge in Sacred Earth: Madrasa in the Marinid Chella.”
Latif’s book manuscript in preparation, Ornate Visions of Knowledge and Power: Formation of Marinid Madrasas in Maghrib al-Aqsa, stems from his work focused on the art and architectural production in premodern Islamic Maghrib and its cultural moorings in the premodern western Mediterranean world. Latif has also written about the Marinid necropolis of the Chella in Rabat, Morocco, and has published an article on the Great Mosque of Cordoba in the context of its visual imaginings by the preeminent Urdu poet, Iqbal.