A Scent of Sandalwood: Indo-Ismaili Religious Lyrics (Ginans)
The Ginans are a body of religious lyrics or hymns reflecting the synthetic and ecumenical reach characteristic of allied genres, such as the poetry of the Sufi and Bhakti traditions in the medieval, Indo-Islamic environment. Testifying to the origin and evolution of the Ismaili community in India, the Ginans continue to form this community's living, poetic tradition to this day.
In translating them into English, the present author has focussed principally on the poetic qualities, rather than the theological or communal interpretation and usage of this literature. The result is a translation suggestive of the depth of religious thought, feeling and imagination out of which this experience found a voice. Reflecting the simple, vernacular idiom of popular culture in the rural and semi-rural ethos of the Subcontinent, the poetry nonetheless has a mature, complex sensibility which is elucidated by the author through his translations and the detailed commentaries upon them.
The poetry of the Ginans illustrates a historically and culturally specific conception of the world, and of the norms peculiar to that culture, as well as a religious perception that forms a significant part of the religious experience of mankind. Issued under a title drawing on an image from the poetry, this volume will appeal both to specialists and more general readers, including Indologists, scholars of Islam in the Subcontinent, students of Comparative Religion, Comparative Literature, and those with an interest in mystical or devotional poetry.
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A. K. Ramanujan allusions avatar belief beloved Bombay brothers Chunara concept context contrast cosmic critical crores culture death delusion devotion distinct divine doctrine Draupadi emphasis faith Fatimid figure Ginanic literature Ginanic tradition Ginans Gujarati Gujarati script heart Hindu historical human hymn I'm a fish idea ignorance Imam Imamshah Indian Ismaili interpretation Islam Ismaili community Ivanow Kalajug Kassam Khojki language light lines literal literary living Lord Master meaning metaphor mind modern moral Muslim mystical mythical Nanji narratives Nizari note to Ginan object original orthodox parallel passage Persian philosophical Pir Hasan Kabirdin Pir Sadardin Pir Shams poem poetic poetry present rbythm reality religion religious ritual Saiyad Saloko Sanskrit Satagur Satpanth scholarship scriptural sense Shah Shia Imam soul South Asia speak spiritual stanza statements Subcontinent Sufi Sufism symbolic theme There's translation true guide truth verbs verses vision divine words worship
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