From Shamanism to Sufism: Women, Islam and Culture in by Razia Sultanova

By Razia Sultanova

girls have typically performed an essential component in Islam all through vital Asia - the significant region from the Caspian Sea to Siberia. With this ground-breaking and unique examine, Razia Sultanova examines the reports of Muslim ladies within the zone and the ways that faith has formed their day-by-day lives and keeps to take action this present day. 'From Shamanism to Sufism' explores the elemental interaction among spiritual trust and the cultural background of track and dance and is the 1st ebook to concentration quite at the position of girls.

Based on proof derived from over fifteen years of box paintings, 'From Shamanism to Sufism' indicates how girls stored alive conventional Islamic spiritual tradition in primary Asia, specifically via Shamanism and Sufism, even below Soviet rule whilst all faith was once banned. Nowhere was once the position of ladies extra vital than within the Ferghana Valley in Uzbekistan, the cradle of woman Islamic tradition and a centre for women’s poetry and track. This region is domestic to the ‘Otin-Oy’, a sisterhood of religiously trained girls and individuals of Sufi orders, who take a number one half in rituals, marking the pivotal moments within the Islamic calendar and preserving spiritual practices via track and formality dances. Sultanova indicates how the perform of Islam in Uzbekistan has developed through the years: lengthy underground, there has been a spiritual resurgence at independence in 1991, boosting nationwide Uzbek id and nationalism - 500 new mosques have been outfitted - basically to be by means of a go back to persecution by way of a repressive nation lower than the banner of the ‘war opposed to terror’. Now occasions have come complete circle, and once more covert worship via ladies is still an important to the survival of conventional Muslim tradition.

Ritual and track are on the middle of critical Asian and Islamic tradition, not just at weddings and funerals yet in all elements of daily life. via her in-depth research of those aspects of cultural existence inside valuable Asian society, 'From Shamanism to Sufism' deals vital insights into the lives of the societies within the sector. The position of ladies has frequently been missed in reviews of spiritual tradition and this booklet fills a huge hole, restoring ladies to their rightful historic and cultural context. will probably be crucial interpreting for a person with a major curiosity within the heritage or faith of vital Asia or in international Islam..

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