Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus

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Peabody Museum Press, Mar 31, 2010 - Architecture - 279 pages
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Sufism, the mystical path of Islam, is a key feature of the complex Islamic culture of South Asia today. Influenced by philosophies and traditions from other Muslim lands and by pre-Islamic rites and practices, Sufism offers a corrective to the image of Islam as monolithic and uniform. In Sacred Spaces, Pakistani artist and educator Samina Quraeshi provides a locally inflected vision of Islam in South Asia that is enriched by art and by a female perspective on the diversity of Islamic expressions of faith. A unique account of a journey through the author’s childhood homeland in search of the wisdom of the Sufis, the book reveals the deeply spiritual nature of major centers of Sufism in the central and northwestern heartlands of South Asia. Illuminating essays by Ali S. Asani, Carl W. Ernst, and Kamil Khan Mumtaz provide context to the journey, discussing aspects of Sufi music and dance, the role of Sufism in current South Asian culture and politics, and the spiritual geometry of Sufi architecture.
 

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Contents

Images of South Asian Sufism Ali S Asani
11
Islam and Sufism in Contemporary South Asia Carl W Ernst
21
The Architecture of Sufi Shrines Kamil Khan Mumtaz
41
Storytelling as Imaginative History Samina Quraeshi
69
Afterword
265
Glossary
269
Bibliography
272
Contributors
274
Acknowledgments
278
Picture Credits
280
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About the author (2010)

Samina Quraeshi is Gardner Fellow and Visiting Artist, Peabody Museum, Harvard University.

Ali S. Asani is Professor of the Practice of Indo-Muslim Languages and Cultures, Harvard University.

Carl W. Ernst is William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kamil Khan Mumtaz is an architect living in Pakistan.

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