Artefacts of Devotion: A Sufi Repertoire of the Qalandariyya in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, Pakistan by Michel BoivinArtefacts of Devotion: A Sufi Repertoire of the Qalandariyya in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, Pakistan by Michel Boivin

Artefacts of Devotion: A Sufi Repertoire of the Qalandariyya in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, Pakistan

byMichel Boivin

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

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The book is an attempt to introduce the "words and things" which are produced by the Sufi brotherhood known as Qalandariyya. It wishes to give evidence that the material cultural goods produced in the scope of such tradition express a meaningful representation of the world in a regionalcontext. For unveiling such a Weltanschauung, it seems relevant first to constitute a repertoire, that is a first classification of the items, with their local identities and definitions, and the place they occupy inside the discourse of the Qalandariyya. While focussing on the Qalandariyya, the book echoes main issues regarding Islam, Sufism, and society in South Asia. It also provides clues to how regional and local discourses are framed and how they could provide answers to political, social and cultural changes occurring in the recent history ofSouth Asian, and of the Muslim world at large. Finally, the book highlights the interaction between the ideology produced by the Qalandariyya, and the local and regional culture. It demonstrates that the flexibility of a local discourse allows local society to be shaped by the Qalandariyya, but howin return it was also able to reformulate it in regional context.
Michel Boivin was trained at Sorbonne University, Paris (France) in Islamic Studies and Contemporary History. He is currently Research Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, CNRS-EHESS. He also teaches history of South Asia at University of Lumiere Lyon 2 and University of Savoie. Michel Boivin's work focussed on the social and...
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Title:Artefacts of Devotion: A Sufi Repertoire of the Qalandariyya in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, PakistanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:180 pages, 11.02 × 8.27 × 0 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199063214

ISBN - 13:9780199063215

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsCarl Ernst: PrefaceIntroduction to the Sufi culture of SindhContextualizing Sufi Devotion in SehwanThe Core of DevotionA mazar as the core of devotionHistorical stepsDescriptionDecoration and InscriptionCircles of DevotionThe kafis of the second circleThe dargahs of the third circleThe city of the dead (Shahan ja qubba)Tools of DevotionThe relicsEveryday tools of devotionExcursusGlossaryList of figuresBibliographyIndex