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Pilgrims of Love By Pnina Werbner

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This text is the product of research into a transnational Sufi Naqshbandi order. It aims to elucidate the complex organization of Sufi orders as regional and transnational cults, and how such cults are manifested through ritual action and embodied in sacred mythology and transnational diasporas.

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Pilgrims of Love: The Anthropology of a Global Sufi Cult by Pnina Werbner

This text is the product of 12 years of research into a transnational Sufi Naqshbandi order headed by a living saint, Zindapir, whose cult originates in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan and which has extended its reach globally during the saint's lifetime - to the Middle East, the United States, Britain, Europe and Southern Africa. Through an in-depth analysis the volume aims to elucidate the complex organization of Sufi orders as regional and transnational cults, and how such cults are manifested through ritual action and embodied in sacred mythology and transnational diasporas. Pnina Werbner challenges accepted anthropological and sociological truths: firstly, that Sufism is a quietist stream of religion by comparison to more activist, dissenting, new Islamic movements; secondly, that Sufism proves that Islam is plural and responsive to different cultural environments - she argues that underlying Sufi plurality is a common logic and a deep structure; and thirdly, she counters the notion that Sufism is incomparable with a modernist consciousness. The work highlights the vitality of Sufi orders in the postcolonial world and their revitalization in the contemporary Middle East.

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About Pnina Werbner


Pnina Werbner is Reader in Social Anthropology at Keele University. The author of many books, including Diaspora, Islam and the Millennium, she edits the 'Postcolonial Encounters' series, published by Zed Books.

Table of Contents


Sufism as a transnational religious movement; stamping the earth with the name of Allah - diaspora, Zikr and the sacralising of space; Karamat - charismatic authority, miraculous narratives and the power of travelling theories; Langar - pilgrimage, exchange and perpetual sacrifice; murids of the saint - migration, occupational guilds and redemptive sociality; "Muhabbat" - for the love of my saint; Nafs - the journey of the soul and the quest for mystical revelation; the trade in Tawiz - affliction and the quest for healing; writing culture, writing politics; "Du'a" - popular culture and powerful blessing of the Urs; words and deeds - the death and rebirth of a living saint; geographies of charisma.

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GOR005800276
Pilgrims of Love: The Anthropology of a Global Sufi Cult by Pnina Werbner
Pnina Werbner
Used - Very Good
Paperback
C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
2004-01-09
350
1850656517
9781850656517
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