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

By Razia Sultanova

Women have frequently performed an essential component in Islam all through crucial Asia -- the colossal region from the Caspian Sea to Siberia. With this ground-breaking and unique learn, Razia Sultanova examines the reviews of Muslim girls within the quarter and the ways that faith has formed their day-by-day lives and keeps to take action at the present time. From Shamanism to Sufism explores the elemental interaction among spiritual trust and the cultural history of song and dance and is the 1st booklet to concentration rather at the function of women. 

Ritual and track are on the center of significant Asian and Islamic tradition, not just at weddings and funerals yet in all facets of lifestyle. via her in-depth research of those elements of cultural existence inside of imperative Asian society, From Shamanism to Sufism bargains vital insights into the lives of the societies within the area. The position of ladies has frequently been missed in stories of spiritual tradition and this publication fills an immense hole, restoring girls to their rightful historic and cultural context. will probably be crucial examining for an individual with a significant curiosity within the background or faith of imperative Asia or in international Islam.

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Lowering the gaze is also a sign of humility – proud and arrogant people never look at their feet. It is also an indication that one is following the footsteps of the Prophet, who never used to look right or left when he walked, but used to look only at his feet, moving steadfastly towards his destination. ’92 3) Journey Homeward (Safar dar watan ). This means to travel to one’s homeland. It indicates that the seeker travels from the world of creation to the world of the Creator. ’ The Naqshbandi divides that travel into two categories.

She described her attitude towards God as divine love (Mahabba). ’108 In love, nothing exists between breast and Breast. Speech is born out of longing, True description from the real taste. The one who tastes, knows; The one who explains, lies. How can you describe the true form of Something In whose presence you are blotted out? indd 43 12/27/10 7:30:02 PM FROM SHAMANISM TO SUFISM And in whose being you still exist? 109 Rabi’ah was the first person to speak of the realities of Sufism in a language that anyone could understand.

Ironically, by allowing a place for social meetings, a local culture club, the Soviets provided for Zikrs in the heart of the community. Being a place of little importance to the main population of local dwellers it was safe to provide the Zikrs there hidden from public view. Usually they started the Zikr in the evening after night prayer (khufta), about 9–10 o’clock. They sat in a circle in the main room of the club and for a long time repeated sentences of Shahada: lo ilaha illalloh. After a number of repetitions it slowly became shortened to the main word Allâh.

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