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Sufi Bodies: Religion and Society in Medieval Islam

Shahzad Bashir


Between 1300 and 1500 c.e. a new form of Sufi Islam took hold among central Islamic peoples, joining individuals through widespread networks resembling today's prominent paths and orders. Understanding contemporary Sufism requires a sophisticated analysis of these formative years. Moving beyond a straight account of leaders and movements, this book weaves a rich history around the depiction of bodily actions by Sufi masters and disciples, primarily in Sufi literature and Persian miniature paintings of the period. Focusing on the Persianate societies of Iran and Central Asia, the book explores ... More

Keywords: Sufi Islam, Sufism, Iran, Central Asia, religious ritual, asceticism, saints, miracles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231144919
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231144919.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shahzad Bashir, author
Stanford University

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