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Gender, Sainthood, & Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi段sm, Karen G. Ruffle

Author Name    Karen G. Ruffle

Title   Gender, Sainthood, & Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi段sm

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Edition   First Indian Edition

Size   16 x 24 Cm

Publisher   New Delhi, India Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. 2013

ISBN    8121512484 / 9788121512480

Seller ID   037628

In this study of devotional hagiographical texts And contemporary ritual performances of the Shi誕 of Hyderabad, India, Karen Ruffle demonstrates how traditions of sainthood and localized cultural values shape gender roles. Ruffle focuses on the annual mourning assemblies held on 7 Muharram to commemorate the battlefield wedding of Fatimah Kubra and her warrior-bridegroom Qasem, who was martyred in 680CE at the battle of Karbala, Iraq, before their marriage was consummated. Ruffle argues that hagiography, an important textual tradition in Islam, plays a dynamic role in constructing the memory, piety, and social sensibilities of a Shi段 community. Through the Hyderabadi rituals that idealize and venerate Qasem, Fatimah Kubra, and the other heroes of Karbala, a distinct from of sainthood is produced. These saints, Ruffle explains, serve as socioethical role models and religious paragons whom Shil段 Muslims aim to imitate in their everyday lives, improving their personal religious practice and social selves. On a broader community level Ruffle observes, such practices help generate and reinforce group identity, shared ethics, and gendered sensibilities. By putting gender and everyday practice at the center of her study, Ruffle challenges Shi段 patriarchal narratives that present only men as saints and brings to light typically overlooked women痴 religious practices. Printed Pages: 235.

South Asian Shi'ism Islam India Gender Sainthood

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