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Devotional Islam in Contemporary South Asia: Shrines, Journeys and Wanderers

Abstract : The book discusses the role of popular Islam in structuring individual and collective identities in contemporary South Asia. It identifies similarities and differences between the worship of saints and the pattern of religious attendance to tombs and mausoleums in South Asian Sufism and Shi`ism. Inspired by new advances in the field of ritual and pilgrimage studies, the book demonstrates that religious gatherings are spaces of negotiation and redefinitions of religious identity and of the notion of sainthood. Drawing from a large corpus of vernacular and colonial sources, as well as the register of popular literature and ethnographic observation, the authors describe how religious identities are co-constructed through the management of rituals, and are constantly renegotiated through discourses and religious practices.
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Michel Boivin, Rémy Delage. Devotional Islam in Contemporary South Asia: Shrines, Journeys and Wanderers. Michel Boivin, Remy Delage. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 195 p., 2016, 978-0-415-65750-1. ⟨hal-02262163⟩



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