First published in 1832, this work was at the time considered an authoritative account of the beliefs and practices of the Musalmᾱns of India.
This 1921 reprint includes an introduction from the editor, Dr William Crooke, which presents what is known about both Ja’far Sharif and the translator, G. A. Herklots. It also distinguishes the original material from the changes made by the translator and compares the book with other similar works published in the nineteenth-century.
This book will be of interest to those studying the history of Islam, the history of ethnography and the British Empire.
Author’s Preface; Preface by the Translator, Dr Herklots; Introduction to the Present Edition; List of Illustrations; Bibliography; 1. Ethnography 2. Birth 3. Rites After Birth 4. Initiation, Birthdays 5. Circumcision 6. Growth and Education 7. The Coming of Age of a Girl and a Boy 8. Marriage 9. Death 10. The Foundations of Islam 11. Prayer 12. Bows and Oblations: Some Indo-Musalman Saints 13. Religious Buildings and Appliances for Worship 14. The Muharram Festival 15. The Terah Tezi and Akhiri Charshamba Festivals 16. The Barah Wafat: New Year and Spring Festivals 17. The Festival of Saint Pir-I-Dastagir 18. The Festival of the Saint Zinda Shah Madar 19. The Festival of the Saint Qadirwali Sahib 20. The Saints Rajab Salar 21. The Shab-I-Barat Festival 22. The Ramazan Festival 23. The Festival of Saint Banda Nawaz, Gesu Daraz 24. The ‘Idu-L-Fitr Festival 25. The Baqar ‘Id Festival 26. Magic 27. Amulets and Charms 28. Magical Methods 29. The Magical Detection of Thieves 30. Travelling, Lucky and Unlucky Days 31. Sufi Mysticism 32. Dress, The Toilet 33. Jewellery 34. Food and Drink 35. Intoxicants, Stimulants 36. Games; Epilogue; Index
First published between 1832 and 1994, this 6 volume set examines the history of Islam in a variety of regions across the world. Spanning continents from Africa, to Asia, North America and Europe, and ranging from 19th century ethnographical studies to modern day historical research, these titles not only show the diversity within this global religion, but also how the study of Islam has changed over time. The titles in this set will be of interest to those studying the history of Islam as well as those who wish to interrogate the study of religion and international communities itself.