Ecstasy and Enlightenment: The Ismaili Devotional Literature of South Asia

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I.B.Tauris, Jul 19, 2002 - Religion - 184 pages
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The devotional and mystical literature of the Ismailis in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent is a little known but rich seam of creativity in the cultural heritage of Islam. The book focuses on the Ginans, a large corpus of hymns and poems composed in a variety of Indic languages and attributed to a series of preacher-saints who propagated the Ismaili form of Islam in the subcontinent over several centuries.
 

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Contents

The Nizari Ismaili Tradition
1
Bridal Symbolism in the Ginans
54
A Testimony of Love
71
in the Subcontinent
100
The Khojk1 Script and its Manuscript Tradition 1 24
124
Translations of Selected Devotional
153
Bibliography 69
169
General Index
177
Index of Ginans
184
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Ali S. Asani is Professor of the Practice of Indo-Muslim Languages and Cultures at Harvard University.

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