This book illuminates the remarkable resilience of South Asian Sufi saints and their cults in the face of radical economic and political dislocations. It breaks new ground in current research. The continued vitality of Sufism as a living reality challenges the argument that Sufism has'died' in recent times. Throughout India and Bangladesh, Sufi shrines exist in both the rural and urban areas, from the remotest wilderness to the modern city. This book illuminates the remarkable resilience of South Asian Sufi saints and their cults in the face of radical economic and political dislocations and breaks new ground in current research.
It addresses the most recent debates on the encounter between Islam and modernity and presents important new comparative ethnographic material. The collection of essays, ranging from historical analysis of the colonial and post-colonial period to the management of shrines and religious centre, will be essential reading to students of Islamic and South Asian Studies as well as those with an interest in sociology and world religions. Embodying Charisma re-examines some basic concepts in the sociology and anthropology of religion and the organization of religious movements.Makes a good case for including Sufism in the construction of theories about charismatic ritual and new religious movements within a regional form of Islam in the process of responding to modernity an d postcoloniality. Korom, Boston University, Religious Studies Review.
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd. Subtitle Modernity, Locality and the Performance of Emotion in Sufi Cults. Country of Publication United Kingdom. Illustrations 1 Tables, black and white.
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