A Scent of Sandalwood: Indo-Ismaili Religious Lyrics
The Ginans are religious lyrics which have long been a central part of the religious life of the Indian Mizari Ismaili community (known as Khojas), and continue to form their living poetic tradition. Aziz Esmail's translation is suggestive of the depth of religious thought, feeling and imagination out of which this poetry was born, and the lyrical beauty of the form in which this experience found a voice. The poetry of the Ginans illustrates an 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. 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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Notes on Ginans
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A. K. Ramanujan allusions Arabic avatar belief beloved Bombay brothers Chunara Clifford Geertz concept context contrast cosmic critical crores culture death delusion devotion distinct divine doctrine emphasis faith Fatimid figure Ginanic literature Ginanic tradition Ginans Gujarati Gujarati script heart Hindu historical human hymn idea ignorance Imam Imamshah Indian Ismaili interpretation Islam Ivanow Kalajug Kassam Khojki language light lines literary living Lord Master meaning metaphor mind modern moral murshid Muslim mystical mythical Nanji narratives Nizari note to Ginan Nuram Mobin object original passage Persian philosophical Pir Hasan Kabirdin Pir Sadardin Pir Shams poem poetic poetry present religion religious rhythm ritual Saiyad Saloko sandalwood Sanskrit Sarigrah Satagur Satpanth Says Pir Sadardin scholarship scriptural sense Shah Shia Imam soul South Asia speak spiritual stanza statements Subcontinent Sufi Sufism symbolic theme There's true guide truth verbs verses vision divine words worship