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The Shiites, The: Ritual and Popular Piety in a Muslim Community

The Shiites, The: Ritual and Popular Piety in a Muslim Community
David Pinault

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Table of Contents

  • Part 1 An introduction to the Shiite tradition in Islam: Shiism - an overview;
  • esentials of Islam common to the Shiite and Sunni traditions;
  • Shiite "Ta'wil" - the esoteric dimension of Quranic scripture;
  • variations on the esoteric tradition in poetry and theosophy - examples form Attar, Hafez, and Suhrawardi of Aleppo;
  • the patterns that inform history - Shiite worldviews and the understanding of past and future;
  • Shiism in India - historical background and cultural influences;
  • representations of Muharram in British fiction and memoirs from the Raj. Part 2 Ritual and popular devotion in a Shiite community - Muharram liturgies of Hyderabad: Shiite shrines of the old city;
  • Shiite men's guilds of Hyderabad;
  • lamentation rituals - Shiite justifications for "Matam" - liturgical forms of "Matam";
  • the "Majlis" liturgy - sermon topics and Shiite self-definition;
  • the role of liturgy in reinforcing communal identity;
  • preparations for the Muharram season - rehearsal sessions and the training of the chorus in a Shiite men's guild;
  • liturgy as drama - the seventh of Muharram and the bridegroom of Karbala's procession;
  • co-operation and competition among the men's guilds;
  • criticisms directed against the men's guilds;
  • Muharram liturgies and Hindu-Muslim relations in Hyderabad. Part 3 Conclusion: Hyderabad and the world community of Shiite Islam.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: British Academic Press
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781850436096
Publication Date: 31 Dec 1992
Number of Pages: 272
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: glossary, notes, bibliography, index

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