Sufi Bodies: Religion and Society in Medieval Islam by Shahzad Bashir

By Shahzad Bashir

Between 1300 and 1500 C.E. a brand new type of Sufi Islam took carry between primary Islamic peoples, becoming a member of members via frequent networks equivalent to cutting-edge widespread paths and orders. knowing modern Sufism calls for a worldly research of those early life. relocating past a instantly account of leaders and events, Shahzad Bashir weaves a wealthy historical past round the depiction of physically activities through Sufi masters and disciples, essentially in Sufi literature and Persian miniature work of the period.

Focusing at the Persianate societies of Iran and relevant Asia, Bashir explores medieval Sufis' notion of the human physique because the fundamental go back and forth among inside (batin) and external (zahir) realities. Drawing on literary, ancient, and anthropological methods to corporeality, he experiences representations of Sufi our bodies in 3 own and communal arenas: non secular job within the type of ritual, asceticism, principles of etiquette, and a common hierarchy of saints; the deep imprint of Persian poetic paradigms at the articulation of affection, wish, and gender; and the popularity of Sufi masters for operating miracles, which empowered them in all domain names of social task.

Bashir's novel viewpoint illuminates complicated relationships among physique and soul, physique and gender, physique and society, and physique and cosmos. It highlights love as an overarching, strong emotion within the making of Sufi groups and situates the physique as a severe obstacle in Sufi concept and perform. Bashir's paintings eventually bargains a brand new method for extracting ancient details from non secular narratives, specifically these depicting awesome and outstanding events.

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Sufi Bodies: Religion and Society in Medieval Islam

Among 1300 and 1500 C. E. a brand new type of Sufi Islam took carry between principal Islamic peoples, becoming a member of participants via frequent networks akin to ultra-modern renowned paths and orders. knowing modern Sufism calls for a worldly research of those youth. relocating past a instantly account of leaders and activities, Shahzad Bashir weaves a wealthy heritage round the depiction of physically activities through Sufi masters and disciples, basically in Sufi literature and Persian miniature work of the interval.

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I believe that my discussion of this material forms an addition and a necessary complement to the existing academic treatments of the construction of authority in Sufi settings. In Sufi practice the theory of friendship with God pertained both to internal states and social relationships. It mattered most centrally in the perceived necessity of a master who could lead one along the Sufi path. The Sufi masterdisciple relationship was a specific form of sociality that required hierarchically arranged direct contact between two individuals.

Indb 18 I N T RO D U C T I O N : S H A K I N G H A N D S 5/16/11 10:59 AM 38 the part of authors or compilers. In my presentations I have bracketed these types of distinctions for the most part in order to focus on thematic features that I find central to the narrative patterns that unite the material. Where directly relevant, my notes contain references to secondary studies that clarify the background and contents of specific sources. Other secondary literature on particular groups that contains historical details and has helped me come to my 39 conclusions is included in the bibliography.

Persianate texts that I include in the category hagiography are known under different names within the context: manaqib, tazkira, risala, or titles that refer 37 to some aspect of internal argument or organization. indb 18 I N T RO D U C T I O N : S H A K I N G H A N D S 5/16/11 10:59 AM 38 the part of authors or compilers. In my presentations I have bracketed these types of distinctions for the most part in order to focus on thematic features that I find central to the narrative patterns that unite the material.

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