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This collection of papers by various scholars discusses a wide range of practices and beliefs relating to saints in Islam. The studies also demonstrate the influence of sainthood on political structures in many societies.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-819-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Mar 23,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 321
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61143-819-2
$162.00

Although sainthood has influenced religious practices and political structures in Muslim societies since medieval times, it has not been given sufficient attention neither by Western nor Muslim scholars, according to the authors of this book. This volume is a collection of papers presented at The International Conference on Saints and Sainthood in Islam at Berkeley in April 1987. Through 15 papers written by scholars including Halil Inalcik, Suraiya Faroqhi and Carl W. Ernst it discusses a wide range of practices and beliefs related to saints in Islam. One of the strengths of this collection is that it presents studies relating to all corners of the Muslim world, from South East Asia through Afghanistan, Iran and Kurdistan to Turkey and Africa, demonstrating the remarkable penetration of sainthood into many diverse Islamic societies. The excellent use of primary sources, including texts, performances and interviews, also contributes to the high quality of this volume. One of the common conclusions is that development of sainthood in Islam must be traced in the Sufi tradition as well as in Shi’ism.

Although sainthood has influenced religious practices and political structures in Muslim societies since medieval times, it has not been given sufficient attention neither by Western nor Muslim scholars, according to the authors of this book. This volume is a collection of papers presented at The International Conference on Saints and Sainthood in Islam at Berkeley in April 1987. Through 15 papers written by scholars including Halil Inalcik, Suraiya Faroqhi and Carl W. Ernst it discusses a wide range of practices and beliefs related to saints in Islam. One of the strengths of this collection is that it presents studies relating to all corners of the Muslim world, from South East Asia through Afghanistan, Iran and Kurdistan to Turkey and Africa, demonstrating the remarkable penetration of sainthood into many diverse Islamic societies. The excellent use of primary sources, including texts, performances and interviews, also contributes to the high quality of this volume. One of the common conclusions is that development of sainthood in Islam must be traced in the Sufi tradition as well as in Shi’ism.

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Grace Martin Smith

Carl W. Ernst

  • CONTENTS (page 7)
  • PREFACE (page 11)
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (page 12)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 13)
  • Part One Veneration of the Saints (page 31)
  • GRAVES,SHRINES AND POWER IN A HIGHLAND SUMATRAN SOCIETY (page 33)
  • THE ICONOGRAPHY OF THE DRAGON IN THE CULT OF THE SAINTS OF ISLAM (page 47)
  • THE SACRED MUSIC OF THE AHL-I HAQQ AS A MEANS OF MYSTICAL TRANSMISSION (page 63)
  • AN INDO-PERSIAN GUIDE TO SUFI SHRINE PILGRIMAGE (page 79)
  • THE MODERN BUSINESSMAN AND THE PAKISTANI SAINT: THE INTERPENETRATION OF WORLDS (page 105)
  • MUSIC,SAINTS, AND RITUAL: SAMA AND THE ALEVIS OF TURKEY (page 131)
  • SAMA 'IN THE ROYAL COURT OF SAINTS: THE CHISHTIYYA OF SOUTH ASIA (page 147)
  • REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERACTION OF SAINT AND SINGER IN EGYPTIAN DHIKR (page 165)
  • Part Two Saints and the Political Order (page 181)
  • THE MAN WITH TWO TOMBS: MUHAMMAD IBN 'ABD AL-RAHMAN,FOUNDER OF THE ALGERIAN RAHMANIYYA, CA.1715-1798 (page 183)
  • THE POLITICAL LIVES OF AFGHAN SAINTS: THE CASE OF THE KABUL HAZRATS (page 207)
  • SAINTHOOD AS MEANS OF SELF-DEFENSE IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY OTTOMAN ANATOLIA (page 229)
  • DERVISH AND SULTAN: AN ANALYSIS OF THE OTMAN BABA VILAYETNAMESI (page 245)
  • SHAYKH UWAYS BIN MUHAMMAD AL-BARAWI,A TRADITIONAL SOMALI SUFI (page 261)
  • KALENDERI DERVISHES AND OTTOMAN ADMINISTRATION FROM THE FOURTEENTH TO THE SIXTEENTH CENTURIES (page 275)
  • Glossary and Index of Terms (page 293)
  • GLOSSARY AND INDEX OF TERMS (page 295)
  • INDEX OF SUBJECTS (page 305)
  • INDEX OF NAMES AND PLACES (page 309)
  • CONTRIBUTORS (page 318)
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