1st Edition

Embodying Charisma Modernity, Locality and the Performance of Emotion in Sufi Cults

Edited By Helene Basu, Pnina Werbner Copyright 1998
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    The continued vitality of Sufism as a living embodied postcolonial reality challenges the argument that Sufism has 'died' in recent times. Throughout India and Bangladesh, Sufi shrines exist in both the rural and urban areas, from the remotest wilderness to the modern Asian city, lying opposite banks and skyscrapers.
    This book illuminates the remarkable resilience of South Asian Sufi saints and their cults in the face of radical economic and political dislocations and breaks new ground in current research. It addresses the most recent debates on the encounter between Islam and modernity and presents important new comparative ethnographic material.
    Embodying Charisma re-examines some basic concepts in the sociology and anthropology of religion and the organization of religious movements.

    List of illustrations, List of contributors, PART 1 Introduction, PART 2 Embodying locality, PART 3 The performance of emotion, PART 4 Charisma and modernity, Name index, Subject index


    Pnina Werbner is Reader in Social Anthropology at Keele University. She has published on Sufism as a transnational cult and has a growing reputation among Islamic scholars for her work on the political imaginaries of British Islam. Helene Basu teaches Social Anthropology at the Institut für Ethnologie in Berlin. She has studied spirit possession cults and living goddesses in Gujarat, India, and in Sindh.