At a time when so-called fundamentalism has become the privileged analytical frame for understanding Muslim societies past and present, this study offers another way of looking at Islam. In an innovative combination of anthropology, history, and social theory, Benjamin Soares explores Islam and Muslim practice in an important Islamic religious centre in West Africa from the late nineteenth century to the present.
Drawing on extensive ethnography, archival research, and written sources, he provides a richly detailed discussion of Muslim religious practice—Sufism, Islamic reform, and other contemporary ways of being Muslim in western Mali and more broadly in the country.
This book provides a major contribution to the study of Islam in Africa and will be welcomed by scholars and students in history, religion, and the social sciences, particularly those interested in anthropology, Islam, colonialism and the public sphere. ISBN: 0748622853 Publisher: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS Subtitle: Author: BENJAMIN F. SOA
Women have traditionally played a vital part in Islam throughout Central Asia — the vast area from the Caspian Sea to Siberia. With this ground-breaking and original study, Razia Sultanova examines the experiences of Muslim women in the region and the ways in which religion has shaped their daily lives and continues to do so today. From Shamanism to Sufism explores the fundamental interplay between religious belief and the cultural heritage of music and dance and is the first book to focus particularly on the role of women
Ritual and music are at the heart of Central Asian and Islamic culture, not only at weddings and funerals but in all aspects of everyday life. Through her in-depth analysis of these facets of cultural life within Central Asian society, From Shamanism to Sufism offers important insights into the lives of the societies in the region. The role of women has often been neglected in studies of religious culture and this book fills an enormous gap, restoring women to their rightful historical and cultural context. It will be essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the History or Religion of Central Asia or in Global Islam. ISBN: 9781848853096 Publisher: I. B. TAURIS Subtitle: WOMEN, ISLAM AND CULTURE IN CENTRAL ASIA Author: RAZIA SULTANOVA
The eating and preparation of food is at the heart of Sufi religious practices and beliefs. In this fascinating book, Nevin Halici combines recipes inspired by the teachings of Sufism with the culinary history, origins, and rituals that make these dishes unique. With a foreword by renowned food writer Claudia Roden, Sufi Cuisine offers a truly inspiring array of dishes from a simple lentil soup and flatbread to exotic rose petal jam. Full of charming anecdotes, poetry from the great Sufi mystic, Rumi, and delightful recipes, Sufi Cuisine is a pleasure for the mind and the palate. ISBN: 0863565816 Publisher: SAQI BOOKS Subtitle: Author: NEVIN
This book is a collection of poems by the great Sufi poet of Punjab, Bulleh Shah (1680–1758), translated into English by Taufiq Rafat, one of Pakistan’s premier English language poets.
Born Abdullah Shah, Bulleh Shah belonged to the oral tradition and his poems are primarily in Punjabi as well as in Siraiki. Bulleh Shah’s poetry is in the Kafi style, already established with the Sufis who preceded him, and extensively use the Rubbay (Quatrain) form. Several of his verses are an integral part of the traditional repertoire of Qawwali, the musical genre which represents the devotional music of the Sufis. Following the tradition of Sufi poetry, the poems in this collection refer to love of or for God, or the Mentor, or the desire for absorption in nature, described through symbolic references to local customs pertaining to weddings, funerals, journeys, and harvests.
ISBN: 9780199402885 Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS Subtitle: A SELECTION Author: TAUFIQ RAFAT
This new anthology draws on the rich literary and artistic heritage of the Sufi tradition, including the poetry of Rumi, to produce a volume full of insight into spiritual identity, love, and the path to self-fulfillment. Covering topics from enlightenment to relationships, this exquisitely illustrated book is a gift to cherish and inspire for years to come. ISBN: 1851682600 Publisher: ONE WORLD OXFORD Subtitle: ONEWORLD OF WISDOM Author: LEONARD LEWISOHN