Historical Dictionary of the Sufi Culture of Sindh in Pakistan and India

Paperback | April 30, 2015

byMichel Boivin

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This book tackles the issue of delimiting Sufism: where does it start and where does it end? Speaking about Sufism does not typically account for its broad range of influence on societies and cultures, thus this Dictionary aims to highlight the extent of Sufismas reach, specifically in thecontext of Sindh. Various forms and iterations of Sufism are practically ubiquitous across Sindh, including even its most remote regions. The many discourses expressed by Sufism are often interwoven with other devotional traditions in the region, merged by the use of a shared technical lexicon in the fields of bothpoetry and ritual. The Dictionary consequently includes references to the traditions and literatures with which Sufism has engaged, like those of the Muslim Isma`ilis and Zikris, and the Hindu Daryapanthis and Nanakshahis. The reference language of the Dictionary is Sindhi as, besides some dialectical variations, the language remains a common thread between the Sufi cultures of Sindh, the neighbouring regions of India, and the Sindhi diaspora. The Dictionary is alphabetically-arranged, and features vividillustrations, an extensive bibliography, and a chronological chart of major historical events pertaining to the topic.

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This book tackles the issue of delimiting Sufism: where does it start and where does it end? Speaking about Sufism does not typically account for its broad range of influence on societies and cultures, thus this Dictionary aims to highlight the extent of Sufismas reach, specifically in thecontext of Sindh. Various forms and iterations...

Michel Boivin was trained at Sorbonne University, Paris (France) in Islamic Studies, Contemporary History and Ethnology. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, CNRS-EHESS. He also teaches history and anthropology, and is External Examiner for PhD programmes at the University of Karachi and Univer...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.09 inPublished:April 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199401128

ISBN - 13:9780199401123

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of EntriesTable of Transliteration from SindhiIllustrationsMapsNote on TransliterationChronologyIntroductionDictionaryBibliography