At the Shrine of the Red Sufi: Five Days and Nights on Pilgrimage in Pakistan

Hardcover | February 15, 2011

byJurgen Wasim Frembgen

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Refuge for the Taliban, nuclear power, terror camps, sinister secret police and assassinations - this is what everyone, who follows the media, associates Pakistan with. But how different is the country? Munich cultural anthropologist, Jurgen Wasim Frembgen, shows us in one of the most exciting reports we owe to German cultural anthropology in recent decades. Frembgen's visit to the shrine of the "Red Sufi" Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the little town of Sehwan in southern Pakistan shows a side of Islamwhich-translated into its western equivalent would closely resemble the carnival in Rhineland or the anarchic potential of Flower Power. At the same time, the event abounds in superstition, asceticism, and spirituality-the kind which have long since disappeared in the West. At one point, Frembgen describes this annual pilgrimage as Dionysian - but not in the sense of opulent - the poverty, whether chosen or of necessity, is conspicuous everywhere - but in its exuberance and ostensible disorderliness.

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Refuge for the Taliban, nuclear power, terror camps, sinister secret police and assassinations - this is what everyone, who follows the media, associates Pakistan with. But how different is the country? Munich cultural anthropologist, Jurgen Wasim Frembgen, shows us in one of the most exciting reports we owe to German cultural anthropo...

Jurgen Wasim Frembgen is Chief Curator of the Oriental Department at the Museum of Ethnology in Munich as well as Privatdozent (Private Lecturer) in Islamic Studies at the University of Munich. Since 1981 he has been teaching anthropology and Islamic Studies at different universities in Germany; in addition he had been a visiting prof...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pagesPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Encounter at the Mountain of the Enraptured2. Preparations in Lahore3. Journey to Sehwan Sharif4. Arrival in Sehwan5. The First Day6. The Second Day7. The Third Day8. The Fourth Day9. Fifth Day and Return JourneyGlossary