Yousuf Saeed

Some Published Works:
(Some of these write-ups can be accessed online. I have not differentiated between academic and non-academic writings.)

• 'The joyous rites of spring', in Speaking Tree, The Times of India, Mumbai, 4 Feb. 1998. Also another version at (6 Feb 1998). Another version of this write-up with the film at
'Walking the Mystic Alleys', Amir Khusrau Website, 1998.
• 'Aaj rachyo hai Basant Nijam ghar' (Today, the spring blossoms in Nizam's house), Qaumi Awaz (Urdu daily), Haftawar zameema (weekend supplement), New Delhi, February 15, 1998, pp. 1-4.
• 'A Wedding with the Divine',, June 04, 1998 (a version of this appeared in the Times of India with the title "In Celebration of Death" in January 2000).
• Photo editor for several publications of Encyclopedia Britannica (India), such as Students' Britannica, Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema, and others (1999-2001).
• 'Musical Noise in Arab ki Sarai', a review of Muzaffar Ali's Jahan-e Khusrau, March 2001 (Amir Khusrau website).
What kind of India shall we give to our children? A help-book in English, Urdu, and Hindi, enlisting some practical suggestions on reducing communal prejudice in the society, self-published after 2002’s communal violence in Gujarat. New Delhi, June 2002. This book being used by Hindi-Urdu students at University of Texas, Austin.
A Proposal to Resolve the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid Tussle, 2002.
'A letter to Lanka Shri' (an anecdote), Sarai Readers List, July 2004.
• 'Khamosh Pani Crosses the Border Noisily',, December 14, 2004 (Review on the film Khamosh Pani). Also a version in
•  'A man for all faiths' (article about Gwalior's folk orator Dhole Bua Maharaj), Tehelka, New Delhi, 12 February, 2005, p. 30.
• 'Popular Art Bridges Divide', in The Times of India, New Delhi, Feb. 18, 2006.
• 'The house of music', Time Out Delhi, 2006 (an article on Dilli gharana) 
'Breaking Boundaries: Devotional Iconography in Popular Muslim Posters in India', in Manushi magazine, No.157, Nov-Dec. 2006. pp. 12-15.
'An Image Bazaar for the Devotee', in ISIM Review 17, Leiden, 2006, International Institute for the Study of Islam and Modernity, Leiden, The Netherlands.
• 'Khusrau's Hindvi Poetry, An Academic Riddle?' Essay in Hu, the Sufi Journal of the Rumi Foundation, May 2007, Delhi (also at the Amir Khusrau website -
'Classical Music in Pakistan: The Impact of Partition', in Biblio, July-Aug. 2007, Delhi.
'This is what they look like - Stereotypes of Muslim Piety in Calendar Art and Hindi Cinema', a virtual gallery visual essay at Tasveer Ghar (
'Media Circus of Terrorist Encounter at Batla House', Delhi (Sept 2007) Outlook India.
• 'Mecca versus the Local Shrine: The Dilemma of Orientation in the Popular Religious Art of Indian Muslims', in Jyotindra Jain (ed.) India’s Popular Culture - Iconic Spaces and Fluid Images, a Marg book, 2007, Mumbai. See this article in Economic Times.
• 'Remembering Amir Khusrau', Kashmir Monitor, Srinagar, July 13, 2008.
Some notes on the controversy regarding artist M.F.Hussain (blog), Aug. 2008.
• 'The Debate on Amir Khusrau’s "Inventions" in Hindustani Music', The Journal of Indian Musicological Society, Vol. 39, 2008, Mumbai. A different version of this on Aalam-e Khusrau.
• 'An unequal music', The Friday Times, Lahore, Sept.26-Oct 2, 2008 (Report on 2-day workshop on Partition and Classical Music at Delhi).
• 'Fled is that Music', in Ira Pande (ed.): The Great Divide, India and Pakistan, (India International Centre Quarterly) HarperCollins, 2009, Delhi (238-249).
Khayalon ki sarhad nahin (Hindi), JASAM FILMOTSAV 2009 brochure, Lucknow: Jan Sanskriti Manch, September 2009, p 19-22, 26.
• 'Muslim Exotica of Hindi Filmdom', a review on the book “Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema” by Ira Bhaskar and Richard Allen, Tulika Books, Delhi, 2009, published in The Book Review, Aug-Sept.2009 (South Asia Special – XIV), New Delhi, pp 23-24.
'Our New Minarets of Identity', a short article about Swiss ban on minarets and prefab minarets of south Asia, Himal Southasian Magazine, web special, 4 December, 2009. Also a different version (with Christiane Brosius) on
• 'Postcards from Lahore', Sarhad Mitra, July-Sept. 2010, Newsletter of Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, Pune.
• 'Kya Jamia Nagar phatne wala hai?' (Urdu) Jadeed Mail, January 7, 2011 (and 8 January) New Delhi (Series of articles about the urban decay and social crisis at Jamia Nagar, New Delhi)
• 'Jugalbandi: Divided scores', Himal Southasian, February 2011, Kathmandu.
• 'Let some fresh air in' (article about Jamia Millia's 'minority status'), The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, February 27, 2011. Also see its longer version, and its Urdu version published in Jadeed Mail.
'Eid Mubarak: Cross-cultural Image Exchange in Muslim South Asia', Tasveer Ghar, March 2011, New Delhi.
'Setting gender roles in Early Indian Print Advertisements', Marg Magazine (Issue titled 'Framing Women: Gender in Colonial Archive'), Vol. 62, No. 4, June 2011, Mumbai, pp. 84-91.
• 'Nizamuddin Shrine’s Built Heritage and Delhi’s Urban Face-lift', Visual Pilgrim. Cluster of Excellence, Heidelberg University. 
'Windows of Pilgrimage: Announcement Posters of Religious Ceremonies', Visual Pilgrim. Cluster of Excellence, Heidelberg University.
Muslim Devotional Art in India, a book surveying the history of Muslim visual culture in India using the contemporary variety of popular poster and calendar art). New Delhi: Routledge, 2012, 2018 (2nd edition with a new Afterword)
• 'Whose music is it anyway', Avantika magazine, Vol.1, issue 2, Feb.2012, Kolkata, pp. 88-90.
• 'From Inclusive to Exclusive: Changing Ingredients of Muslim Identity in Bombay Cinema', in Robinson, Rowena (ed.), Minority Studies in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
'How to start a riot out of Facebook', Kafila, August 13, 2012.
• 'Jannat ki Rail: Images of Paradise in India’s Muslim Popular Culture', in Mumtaz Currim (ed.), Jannat: Paradise In Islamic Art, Mumbai: Marg Foundation, 2012. A review in TimeOut Mumbai.
Struggling as a Documentary Filmmaker, a short blog, 2013.
• 'Depicting the Saintly Miraculous Powers in Islamic Poster Art of South Asia', in Gopa Gupta et al (eds.), Religion and Popular Culture in the Indian Subcontinent (Seminar publication), Kolkata: Bethune College, 2012, 29-34.
• 'Poster piety', Himal Southasian, Vol 26, No.1, January 2013, Kathmandu, p. 202-09.
• 'Qawwali and Sufi Sama in Awadh', in M. Ali (ed.), A Leaf Turns Yellow, the Sufis of Awadh, New Delhi: Bloomsbury India, 2013.
• 'Writing an Art History of the Bazaar', Review of Glocal Studies, Vol.1, issue 1, Monsoon 2013, Saharanpur: Glocal University Press, 58-64.
• 'Ishtihar Tasveeren: Visual Culture of Early Urdu Magazines', Art Connect, Bangalore: India Foundation for the Arts, 2014.
• 'Eid ul Fitr: A Muslim Festival in India', introductory article on a module of Sahapedia archive. July 2014, New Delhi.
Visual Homes, Image Worlds: Essays from Tasveer Ghar, New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2015. (Designed and co-edited this book; also author of one of the essays). Purchase the book at
• 'Visual Pastiche as a Symbol of Religious Pluralism in South Asian Muslim Popular Art', in Gerritsen, Roos and Stephen Inglis (eds.), Street Art: Popular Expression in Urban India, Chennai: DakshinaChitra, 2016, pp. 26-35. 
• 'Sufi Literature in North India: Focus on Chishtiyah and Related Orders',, 2016. (See other features in this module curated by me: Timeline of South Asian Sufis; Samples of Sufi Literature and Lyrics; Select Bibliography on Sufi Literature; Select Internet Links.
• 'A murder of imagination', Mid-Day, Mumbai, 26 June 2016, p. 19. (An article on the murder of Amjad Sabri qawwal) See web version. Download the PDF of the print version (6.7 MB).
• 'Communal profiling of Muslims on trains is not a new phenomenon', The Hindustan Times, July 16, 2017.
• 'Chishti Sufi Portraits: Image-Making from Central Asian Visual Culture to the XX Century Poster Art in India', in Doraiswamy, Rashmi (ed.), Central Asia and South Asia, Economic, Developmental, and Socio-Cultural Linkages, New Delhi: Manak Publications, 2017, pp 460-75.
• Motorcycles without silencer must be stopped: Campaign against traffic noise in India (
• Popular Art of the 'Two Nations' in the Mid-Twentieth Century, The Idea of Nationalism, Conference proceedings 2016, Calcutta: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, 2017, pp. 118-36.
• Campaign: Justice for Ankit Saxena, Sabrang, Feb. 24, 2018.
• Hindustani mauseeqi ko Amir Khusrau ki dain: ek mu’amma (Urdu translation from original English by F.S. Ejaz), in Khusrau Darpan, a special volume of Insha Monthly, Kolkata, February 2018, 201-06.
• 'The Figural Image in Islamic Devotional Art of the Indian Subcontinent', in Gruber, Christiane (ed.), The Image Debate: Figural representation in Islamic lands and across the world, Gingko Library, 2019, pp. 156-71.
• 'Qawwali', entry in Keywords for India: A Conceptual Lexicon for the 21st Century, edited by Rukmini Bhaya Nair and Peter Ronald deSouza, Bloomsbury, 2020.
South Asia's Islamic Popular Art (a full-colour illustrated booklet featuring 40 religious posters), Singapore: Kitaab, 2019.
• 'Images for a Pilgrim: Poster Art of Sufi Shrines in India', in Bhattacharya, Nandini and Nayeem Anis (eds.), Sufism: A Peregrination through Manuscripts and Popular Culture, New Delhi: National Mission for Manuscripts, 2019, pp. 217-34. (PDF file is heavy and takes time to download - server is slow).
Review of the book by Jamal J. Elias, Alef is for Allah: Childhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies (University of California Press, 2018). Review published at Reading Religion, a web publication of the American Academy of Religion.
• 'Lions of Islam: Symbols of Masculine Power in the Devotional Art of India and Pakistan', Tasveer Ghar, 25 Nov. 2019,
• 'Legal handbook for the artist community in India (Urdu)', UNESCO, 2022, Urdu translation by Yousuf Saeed. See original English version.
• 'The Cult of YouTube Mushairas in India's Small Towns', in Zaidi, Nishat and Sean Pue (eds.), Literary Cultures and Digital Humanities in India, New Delhi: Routledge, 2022.
Partitioning Bazaar Art: Popular Visual Culture of India and Pakistan around 1947, Seagull Books and University of Chicago Press, 2023.
• 'South Asia as a Production Hub for Popular Islamic Images', in Qaisra Khan and Nahla Nassar (eds.), The Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage, Essays in Honour of Nasser David Khalili, Gingko, 2023 (forthcoming).