Embodying Charisma: Modernity, Locality and the Performance of Emotion in Sufi Cults

Helene Basu, Pnina Werbner
Routledge, 11 mrt 2002 - 254 pagina's
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The continued vitality of Sufism as a living embodied postcolonial 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 Asian city, lying opposite banks and skyscrapers.
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.
Embodying Charisma re-examines some basic concepts in the sociology and anthropology of religion and the organization of religious movements.

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List of Contributors
The Hardware of Sanctity Anthropomorphic objects in Bangladeshi
A Festival of Flags HinduMuslim devotion and the sacralising
The Saint Who Disappeared Saints of the wilderness in Pakistani village
Langar Pilgrimage sacred exchange and perpetual sacrifice in a Sufi
Hierarchy and Emotion Love joy and sorrow in a cult of black saints
The Majzub Mama Ji Sarkar A friend of God moves from one house
A Majzub and His Mother The place of sainthood in a familys emotional
The Literary Critique of Islamic Popular Religion in the Guise
Prophets and Pirs Charismatic Islam in the Middle East and South Asia

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Pnina Werbner is Reader in Social Anthropology at Keele University. She has published on Sufism as a transnational cult and has a growing reputation among Islamic scholars for her work on the political imaginaries of British Islam. Helene Basu teaches Social Anthropology at the Institut fŁr Ethnologie in Berlin. She has studied spirit possession cults and living goddesses in Gujarat, India, and in Sindh.

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