1st Edition

Non-Shia Practices of Muḥarram in South Asia and the Diaspora
Beyond Mourning



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ISBN 9780367819040
September 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyses engagements with non-Shia practices of Muḥarram celebrations in the past and present, in South Asia and within a larger diaspora. Breaking new ground by bringing together a variety of regional perspectives (Bengal, the Deccan, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Singapore) and linguistic backgrounds (Bengali, Bhojpuri, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu), the chapters discuss the importance of Muḥarram celebrations in terms of their respective actors.
While in some cases, these include an interrelationship with Shia Muslims and their traditions of mourning during Muḥarram, other contributions address contexts in which Shias, and even Muslims, form only a minor component of the celebrations, or even none at all. Focusing on Muḥarram celebrations that are beyond the script provided by Shia Muḥarram practices, this book opens up new perspectives on Muḥarram as a social practice widely shared by South Asians across regions.
The book will be a key resource to scholars and students of South Asian Studies, Asian religion, in particular rituals and religious practices, and Islamic Studies but also engaging to non-academic readers interested in the practices of several regions.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Pushkar Sohoni and Torsten Tschacher

2. Ḥusayn’s Hindu Defenders

Tryna Lyons

3. An Ethnographic Exploration of Muharram(s) in Pune, Maharashtra

Deepra Dandekar

4. Visual Language of Piety and Power: Ta’ziahs and Temples in the Western Deccan

Pushkar Sohoni

5. The Idea of Religion and the Criminalization of Muharram in the Straits Settlements, 1830-1870

Torsten Tschacher

6. Contestation and Transformation: Muharram Practices among Sunni Muslims in South Africa, 1860-2020

Goolam Vahed

7. It Ain’t Religion, It’s Just Culture, Man! Muharram Controversies in the Indo-Caribbean Diaspora

Frank J. Korom

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