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The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place

Carla Bellamy

Abstract

The violent partitioning of British India along religious lines and ongoing communalist aggression have compelled Indian citizens to contend with the notion that an exclusive, fixed religious identity is fundamental to selfhood. Even so, Muslim saint shrines known as dargahs attract a religiously diverse range of pilgrims. This ethnography traces the long-term healing processes of Muslim and Hindu devotees of a complex of dargahs in northwestern India. Drawing on pilgrims' narratives, ritual and everyday practices, archival documents, and popular publications in Hindi and Urdu, the book consid ... More

Keywords: partitioning, British India, communalist aggression, religious identity, selfhood, saint shrines, dargahs, pilgrims, Hindu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262805
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262805.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carla Bellamy, author