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- DescriptionThe violent partitioning of British India along religious lines and ongoing communalist aggression have compelled Indian citizens to contend with the tion that an exclusive, fixed religious identity is fundamental to selfhood. Even so, Muslim saint shrines, kwn as dargahs attract a religiously diverse range of pilgrims. In this accessible and groundbreaking ethgraphy, Carla Bellamy traces the long-term healing processes of Muslim and Hindu devotees of a complex of dargahs in rthwestern India. Drawing on pilgrims' narratives, ritual and everyday practices, archival documents, and popular publications in Hindi and Urdu, Bellamy considers questions about the nature of religion in general and Indian religion in particular. Grounded in stories from individual lives and experiences, The Powerful Ephemeral offers t only a humane, highly readable portrait of dargah culture, but also new insight into tions of selfhood and religious difference in contemporary India.
- Author BiographyCarla Bellamy is Assistant Professor of South Asian Religion at Baruch College.
- Author(s)Carla Bellamy
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication05/08/2011
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleSouth Asia Across the Disciplines
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note10 b/w photographs, 2 maps
- Weight68 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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