Prof. Mohammad Sayeed

Prof. Mohammad Sayeed

Assistant Professor

BSc. Mathematics Rohilkhand University, Bareilly- 2004;

MA Sociology Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi- 2009;

Department of Sociology, University of Delhi Dissertation Title: ‘Citizenship, Community and Urban Spaces: A Case Study’- 2017

Mohammad Sayeed is an urban anthropologist and works on informality, cultural history of Delhi, historical formation of Urdu public and spatial renditions of religion. He also happens to have studied theoretical mathematics and classical Islam. In his doctoral thesis, submitted at Delhi School of Economics, he studied the analytic of congestion to understand the precarious complexes that make the contemporary city spaces possible. He is particularly interested in the question how congestion is not just a physical feature but informs the bureaucratic, emotional and spiritual life of the city. He has also engaged with the realms of senses, particularly smell and touch and his work on smells and the city was exhibited at Kiran Nader Museum of Arts. He is also a co-founder of Chiragh Dilli, a blog that documents lore and everyday of the city. Apart from Delhi, he is obsessed with chess and Borges.

  • Urban congestion, Art and aesthetics, Smell and touch, Kinship, Politics of crowds, Urdu literature, Sociology of religion, Continental philosophy, Mathematics
  • 2021 “Glimpses of Azadi”. Seminar. Special issue on ‘The Idea of Jamia’. 739: March 2021
  • 2020 “All that happened inside the happening: Fear, law and politics after the police encounter at Batla House, New Delhi”. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 54(1), 51-75.
  • 2017 “Community as Possibility: Afghani’s Critique of Sir Sayyid”, Café Disensus, November 2017
  • 2017 Book Review: Beyond Hybridity and Fundamentalism: Emerging Muslim Identity in Globalized India, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 51 (2): 267-270
  • 2012 Book Review: Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformations of Jamaat-e-Islami, History and Sociology of South Asia, Volume 6, July 2012
  • (with Ishita Dey) 2019. Smell Assembly. Kiran Nader Museum of Art, Delhi