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Devotional Islam in South Asia
Devotional Islam in South Asia
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Details:  Devotional Islam in Contemporary South Asia,
Shrines, Journeys & Wanderers, New,
*[A5+] Large Paperback - 211 pages,
Edited by Michel Boivin and Remy Delage,
Published by Routledge.

Description :

The Muslim shrine is at the crossroad of many processes involving society and culture. It is the place where a saint – often a Sufi - is buried, and it works as a main social factor, with the power of integrating or rejecting people and groups, and as a mirror reflecting the intricacies of a society.

The book discusses the role of popular Islam in structuring individual and collective identities in contemporary South Asia. It identifies similarities and differences between the worship of saints and the pattern of religious attendance to tombs and mausoleums in South Asian Sufism and Shi`ism. Inspired by new advances in the field of ritual and pilgrimage studies, the book demonstrates that religious gatherings are spaces of negotiation and redefinitions of religious identity and of the notion of sainthood.

Drawing from a large corpus of vernacular and colonial sources, as well as the register of popular literature and ethnographic observation, the authors describe how religious identities are co-constructed through the management of rituals, and are constantly renegotiated through discourses and religious practices.

By enabling students, researchers and academics to critically understand the complexity of religious places within the world of popular and devotional Islam, this geographical re-mapping of Muslim religious gatherings in contemporary South Asia contributes to a new understanding of South Asian and Islamic Studies.

Editor(s) Bio :

Michel Boivin is Director of Research at French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and member of the Centre for South Aslan Studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), France.

Remy Delage is Research Fellow at French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France, and Associate Researcher at the French Institute of Pondicherry in India.

Table of Contents :


---[1]. Authority, Shrines and Spaces:
-------Scrutinising Devotional Islam from South Asia, Michel Boivin.

---Part I: Authority and the Figures of Sainthood,

---[2]. Vagrancy and pilgrimage according to the Sufi Qalandari path:
-------The illusions of anti-structure, Alexandre Papas,
-------Exemplary wanderers for Qalandari pilgrims,
-------Poverty, vagrancy and piety,
-------Unholy places for wandering places,

---[3]. Qalandars and Ahl-e Haqq, Mojan Membrado,
-------Qalandarism as a way of life,
----------Etymology and historical overview of the term Qalandar,
----------The term Qalandar, the figure and its features in the Ahl e Haqq sources,
-------Qalandarism as an organised tradition,
----------From Qalandars to Khaksars,
----------Khaksars and Ahl e Haqq,

---[4]. Woman [Un-] like Woman:
-------The question of spiritual authority among female fakirs of Sehwan Sharīf, Omar Kasmani,
-------Shewan : A place of confluence,
-------The case of women fakirs,
-------Finding Amma : Among men of the Mosque,
-------Finding Zahida : Among women of the courtyard,
-------On doing gender differently : Women fakirs of Sehwan,

---[5]. Negotiating Religious Authority at a Shrine Inhabited by a Living Saint,
-------The dargāh of "ZindaShāh Madār, Ute Falasch,
-------Becoming a Saint,
-------The emergence of the sacred place,
-------The Dargah in Makanpur today,
-------Managing the Dargah,
-------Creating narratives, organising the ritual,
-------Keeping a distance,
-------Visiting the shrine,

---[6]. How Discourses and Rituals Construct Figures of Holiness:
------The Example of the Indo-Muslim Martyr Ghāzī Miyān (Uttar Pradesh, North India), Delphine Ortis.
------The portrait of Ghazi Miyan,
----------Unexpected devotees,
----------A doubtful historicity,
------A local legend; From the jungle of Bahraich at the Muslim conquest,
----------The shrine; An idealised reflection of the local society,
----------Love: Source of power,
----------From the shrine of Bahraich to the Muslim history,
------The hagiography: A late jihadist reconstruction of Ghazi Miyan's life,
----------Ghazi Miyan under the features of the sovereign Mahmud Ghaznavi,
----------The warrior is not the sufi,
----------Devotional love,
------The ballads of Dafali : The domestic environment of the Awadhi kingdom,
-----------Muin al-Din Chishti versus Zinda Shah Madar,
-----------Ghazi Miyan under the features of the human incarnations,
-----------Marriage : An axiom of prosperity,
------From the hagiography to the ballads: The origin of the hero,
-----------The order of the discourses,
-----------A ritual figure,

---Part II: Shrine and Circulation,

---[7]. Meditative Practice, aesthetics and entertainment music in an Indian Sufi shrine, Mikko Viitamäki,
------The shrine and its festivities,
------A sama assembly at Cilla Shareef,
------A qawwali concert at 'Urs Mahal,

---[8]. Evolution of the Chishtī Shrine and the Chishtīs in Pakpattan (Pakistan), Muhammad Mubeen,
------The shrine of Baba Farid Masud Ganj i Shakar: Its beginning, development, management and importance,
------Structural development of the shrine complex,
------The shrine and its main rituals,
------Evolution in the shrine management,
------The importance of the shrine of Baba Farid,
------The Chishtis of Pakpattan: Lineal descendents of Baba Farid,

---[9]. The Mother and the Other;
-------Tourism and pilgrimage at the shrine of Hinglāj Devī / Bībī Nānī in Baluchistan, Jürgen Schaflechner,

---[10]. Sacred Journeys, Worship and reverence:
------The Sufi legitimation of the ziyarat in Hyderabad, Mauro Valdinoci,
------Theoretical and methodological framework,
------Whats wrong with the Ziyarat?
------The Ziyarat in practice,
------Sufi discourse vs. reformist discourse in Luzum-i Fatiha and Tafsir-i Siddiqi,
------The main arguments,
------Strategies of legitimation,

---[11]. An ambiguous and contentious politicisation of Sufi shrines and pilgrimages in Pakistan, Alix Philippon,
------Nationalising the shrines; A failed public policy?
------The struggle for the control of the shrine of Mian Mir Qadiri,
------Rituals at stake at the Mian Mir 'Urs,


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*Dimensions : 23.5 x 15.5cm.

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