Gender, Sainthood, and Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi’ism

Gender, Sainthood, and Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi’ism

In this study of devotional hagiographical texts and contemporary ritual performances of the Shi'a of Hyderabad, India, Karen Ruffle demonstrates how traditions of sainthood and localized cultural values shape gender roles. Ruffle focuses on the annual mourning assemblies held on 7 Muharram to commemorate the battlefield wedding of Fatimah Kubra and her warrior-bridegroom Qasem, who was martyred in 680 C.E. at the battle of Karbala, Iraq, before their marriage was… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (July 07, 2011)

Collection: Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks

Page count: 240 pages

Language: English


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