Sufi Martyrs of Love

The Chishti Order in South Asia and Beyond
Author: C. Ernst,B. Lawrence
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137095814
Category: Religion
Page: 241
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Sufism is a religion which emphasizes direct knowledge of the divine within each person, and meditation, music, song, and dance are seen as crucial spiritual strides toward attaining unity with God. Sufi paths of mysticism and devotion, motivated by Islamic ideals, are still chosen by men and women in countries from Morocco to China, and there are nearly one hundred orders around the world, eighty of which are present and thriving in the United States. The Chishti Sufi order has been the most widespread and popular of all Sufi traditions since the twelfth-century. Sufi Martyrs of Love offers a critical perspective on Western attitudes towards Islam and Sufism, clarifying its contemporary importance, both in the West and in traditional Sufi homelands. Finally, it provides access to the voices of Sufi authorities, through the translation of texts being offered in English for the first time.

Shared Idioms, Sacred Symbols, and the Articulation of Identities in South Asia


Author: Kelly Pemberton,Adjunct Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology Michael Nijhawan,Michael Nijhawan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135904774
Category: Religion
Page: 262
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How do text, performance, and rhetoric simultaneously reflect and challenge notions of distinct community and religious identities? This volume examines evidence of shared idioms of sanctity within a larger framework of religious nationalism, literary productions, and communalism in South Asia. Contributors to this volume are particularly interested in how alternative forms of belonging and religious imaginations in South Asia are articulated in the light of normative, authoritative, and exclusive claims upon the representation of identities. Building upon new and extensive historiographical and ethnographical data, the book challenges clear-cut categorizations of group identity and points to the complex historical and contemporary relationships between different groups, organizations, in part by investigating the discursive formations that are often subsumed under binary distinctions of dominant/subaltern, Hindu/Muslim or orthodox/heterodox. In this respect, the book offers a theoretical contribution beyond South Asia Studies by highlighting a need for a new interdisciplinary effort in rethinking notions of identity, ethnicity, and religion.

Women in Sufism

Female Religiosities in a Transnational Order
Author: Marta Dominguez Diaz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317806573
Category: Religion
Page: 204
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Exploring the diverse myriad of female religious identities that exist within the various branches of the Moroccan Sufi Order, Qādiriyya Būdshīshiyya, today, this book evidences a wide array of religious identities, from those more typical of Berber culture, to those characterised by a ‘sober’ approach to Sufism, as well as those that denote New Age eclecticism. The book researches the ways in which religious discourses are corporeally endorsed. After providing an overview of the Order historically and today, enunciating the processes by which this local tarīqa from North-eastern Morocco has become the international organization that it is now, the book explores the religious body in movement, in performance, and in relation to the social order. It analyses pilgrimage by assessing the annual visit that followers of Hamza Būdshīsh make to the central lodge of the Order in Madāgh; it explores bodily religious enactments in ritual performance, by discussing the central practices of Sufi ritual as manifested in the Būdshīshiyya, and delves attention into diverse understandings of faith healing and health issues. Women and Sufism provides a detailed insight into religious healing, sufi rituals and sufi pilgrimage, and is essential reading for those seeking to understand Islam in Morocco, or those with an interest in Anthropology and Middle East studies more generally.

Orientalism Revisited

Art, Land and Voyage
Author: Ian Richard Netton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415538548
Category: History
Page: 288
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The publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism in 1978 marks the inception of orientalism as a discourse. Since then, Orientalism has remained highly polemical and has become a widely employed epistemological tool. Three decades on, this volume sets out to survey, analyse and revisit the state of the Orientalist debate, both past and present. The leitmotiv of this book is its emphasis on an intimate connection between art, land and voyage. Orientalist art of all kinds frequently derives from a consideration of the land which is encountered on a voyage or pilgrimage, a relationship which, until now, has received little attention. Through adopting a thematic and prosopographical approach, and attempting to locate the fundamentals of the debate in the historical and cultural contexts in which they arose, this book brings together a diversity of opinions, analyses and arguments.

Islamic Sufism Unbound

Politics and Piety in Twenty-First Century Pakistan
Author: R. Rozehnal
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230605729
Category: Social Science
Page: 275
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Robert Rozehnal traces the ritual practices and identity politics of a contemporary Sufi order in Pakistan: the Chishti Sabris. He takes multiple perspectives from the rich Urdu writings of Twentieth Century Sufi masters, to the complex spiritual life of contemporary disciples and the order's growing transnational networks.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World


Author: Peter N. Stearns
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Civilization, Modern
Page: 586
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Sufism

A Global History
Author: Nile Green
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405157658
Category: Religion
Page: 263
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Since the emergence of Sufism in the ninth century, the shrines, brotherhoods and doctrines of the Sufis have held vast influence in almost every corner of the Muslim world. Offering the first truly global account of the history of Sufism, this illuminating book traces the gradual spread and influence of Sufi Islam through the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and ultimately into Europe and the United States. Moving beyond the description of doctrine, this book places Sufism in its social, cultural and historical contexts. It dismantles the stereotypes of Sufis as otherworldly "mystics" by anchoring Sufi Muslims in the lives of their communities. It explores Sufism's cross-cultural links with music, poetry, architecture and folk traditions, and delves into the social and political factors by which Sufi holy men gained followers among not only tribesmen and peasants but also emperors and bureaucrats - alliances that made leading Sufis powerful even at the height of European colonization. Requiring no background knowledge of Islamic history or doctrine, this book provides readers with an ideal introduction to Sufism as a global phenomenon. It explores not only the theology and ritual of Sufism but also its influence in shaping societies and cultures across the world.

Sufism: Hermeneutics and doctrines


Author: Lloyd V. J. Ridgeon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780415426244
Category: Religion
Page: 364
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In recent years, interest in Sufism-often regarded as the mystical dimension of Islam-has blossomed. Taught in European and American universities for many years, Sufism is an increasingly popular area of research in disciplines such as Islamic Studies, comparative religion, area studies, anthropology, history, and politics. In this new Routledge Major Work, the editor, a leading scholar in the field, has gathered in four volumes the canonical and the very best cutting-edge literature on Sufism to create an indispensable reference resource. The collection focuses on: origins and development; hermeneutics and doctrines; ritual, authority, and word; and modern Sufism.

Making Space

Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India
Author: Nile Green
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199088756
Category: Religion
Page: N.A
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How could settlement emerge in an early modern 'world on the move'? How did the Sufis imprint their influence on the cultural memory of their communities? Weaving together investigations of architecture, ethnography, local history, and migration, Making Space offers bold new insights into Indian, Islamic, and comparative early modern history. Nile Green explores the tensions between mobility and locality through the ways in which Sufi Islam responded to the cultural demands of moving and settling. Central to this process were the shrines, rituals, and narratives of the saints. Tracing how different Muslim communities located their sense of belonging, this book shows how Afghan, Mughal, and Hindustani Muslims constructed new homelands while remembering different places of origin.

Dargahs, Abodes of the Saints


Author: Mumtaz Currim,George Michell
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 152
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Dargahs testify to the widespread belief in the teachings and supernatural powers of Sufi saints. This volume focuses on eleven historically significant ones in India.

Contesting Rituals

Islam and Practices of Identity-making
Author: Andrew Strathern,Pamela J. Stewart
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781594600777
Category: Religion
Page: 239
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Journal for Islamic studies


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Islam
Page: N.A
View: 3822
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Inscribing Empire

Sovereignty and Subjectivity in Mughal Memoirs
Author: Taymiya Rafat Zaman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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What Is a Madrasa?


Author: Ebrahim Moosa
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469620146
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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Taking us inside the world of the madrasa--the most common type of school for religious instruction in the Islamic world--Ebrahim Moosa provides an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand orthodox Islam in global affairs. Focusing on postsecondary-level religious institutions in the Indo-Pakistan heartlands, Moosa explains how a madrasa can simultaneously be a place of learning revered by many and an institution feared by many others, especially in a post-9/11 world. Drawing on his own years as a madrasa student in India, Moosa describes in fascinating detail the daily routine for teachers and students today. He shows how classical theological, legal, and Qur'anic texts are taught, and he illuminates the history of ideas and politics behind the madrasa system. Addressing the contemporary political scene in a clear-eyed manner, Moosa introduces us to madrasa leaders who hold diverse and conflicting perspectives on the place of religion in society. Some admit that they face intractable problems and challenges, including militancy; others, Moosa says, hide their heads in the sand and fail to address the crucial issues of the day. Offering practical suggestions to both madrasa leaders and U.S. policymakers for reform and understanding, Moosa demonstrates how madrasas today still embody the highest aspirations and deeply felt needs of traditional Muslims.

Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion SET


Author: Robert Wuthnow
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 9780872893238
Category:
Page: 1120
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No other resource examines the complex interconnections between politics and religion with the depth and scope of this critically acclaimed work. Now available in a revised and updated second edition, Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion is the only reference work that addresses the intersection of these two powerful forces as it plays out in our world today. The content of the second edition has been significantly revised and updated, and includes nearly 50 new articles on subjects including European Islam, Creationism and Evolution, Palestine, Radical Islam, the Christian Right, and more. The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion features: Approximately 300 signed articles that trace the historical roots of the relations between politics and religion in the modern world and consider how these two elemental institutions of society have combined to shape public discourse, affect social attitudes, spark and sustain collective action, and influence policy, especially over the past two centuries Compelling essays written at the general encyclopedia level by recognized world experts representing a multitude of voices and perspectives Coverage of all the significant and emerging individuals, institutions, countries, regions, and events--as well as such cross-cultural themes as pluralism, cults, and the relationship of church and state Focus on the past 200 years with explorations of how politics and religion interact in various cultures around the globe Comprehensive reference aids, including a unique appendix of documents relating to politics and religion, a helpful glossary of important terms, and a complete index in the back of each volume Engaging maps, photographs, and illustrations Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion features a unique international scope and reliable, in-depth articles that will serve researchers in virtually any library. Scholars, students, religious leaders, policy makers, and general readers will all benefit from this important reference resource on some of the most pressing social issues of our time.

Contesting Rituals

Islam and Practices of Identity-making
Author: Andrew Strathern,Pamela J. Stewart
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781594600777
Category: Religion
Page: 239
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Islam, South Asia, and the West


Author: Francis Robinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195683806
Category: Political Science
Page: 308
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Two of the more important developments in world history over the past two centuries have been the expansion of Western power and the revival of Islam. South Asia has played a central role in both processes, being the main focus of the imperialism of the British and an important site of the Muslim revival. These essays, which were written over the past ten years, confront some of the key issues raised by some modern developments in South Asia: the interactions between British power and Muslim revivalism in giving shape to the modern Muslim world; the role of knowledge in fashioning Muslim societies and the rise of the `ulama, to greater influence than ever before. It also explores the great shift from an other-worldly to a this-worldly piety amongst Muslims, the energy this has given the Muslim revival, and its meaning for relations between Islam and the West. The essays are rounded off by reviews of major contributions to the field over the period. Among the themes which emerge are: the influence both of orientalism and of Hindu revivalism on the world of scholarship, and the fact that the world is a better place when we remember the humanity we share. This book offers profound insights to those wishing to understand the background to the interactions of Islam, South Asia and the West in our time.

Journal of Ritual Studies


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Manners and customs
Page: N.A
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Islamic Studies


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Islam
Page: N.A
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