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- DescriptionThis book is the first substantial study of Islamization in any part of Inner Asia from any perspective and the first to emphasize conversion narratives as important sources for understanding the dynamics of Islamization. Challenging the prevailing tions of the nature of Islam in Inner Asia, it explores how conversion to Islam was woven together with indigeus Inner Asian religious values and thereby incorporated as a central and defining element in popular discourse about communal origins and identity. The book traces the many echoes of a single conversion narrative through six centuries, the previously unkwn recounting of the dramatic contest in which the khan Ozbek adopted Islam at the behest of a Sufi saint named Baba Tukles. DeWeese provides the English-language translation of this and ather text as well as translations and analyses of a wide range of passages from historical sources and epic and folkloric materials. Not only does this study deepen our understanding of the peoples of Central Asia, involved in so much turmoil today, but it also provides a model for other scholars to emulate in looking at the process of Islamization and communal religious conversion in general as it occurred elsewhere in the world.
- Author Biography<strong>Devin DeWeese</strong> is Associate Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and Assistant Director of the Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University, USA.
- Author(s)Devin DeWeese
- PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
- Date of Publication01/07/1994
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Series TitleHermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPennsylvania State University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight955 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine36 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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