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Recent Ethnographies of Islam in South Asia


Contributed by Kerry San Chirico, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ahmad, Imtiaz and Reifeld, Helmut, eds. Lived in Islam in South Asia: Adaptation, Accommodation and Conflict. Delhi: Social Sciences Press, 2004.

Assayaj, Jackie. At the Confluence of Two Rivers: Muslims and Hindus in South India. Delhi: Manohar, 2004.

Ernst, Carl W. and Lawrence, Bruce, eds. Sufi Martyrs of Love: The Chishti Order in South Asia and Beyond. New York: Palmgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Ewing, Katherine. Arguing Sainthood: Modernity, Psychoanalysis and Islam. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997.

Flueckiger, Joyce Burkhalter. In Amma’s Healing Room: Islam, Gender, and Religious Identities in South India. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2006.

Gottschalk, Peter. Beyond Hindu and Muslim. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Khan, Sila-Dominique. Conversions and Shifting Identities: Ramdev Pir and the Ismailis in Rajasthan. New Delhi: Manohar, 1997.

__________.Crossing the Threshold: Understanding Religious Identities in South Asia. London and New York: I.B. Taurus, 2004.

Kumar, Nita. The Artisans of Banaras: Popular Culture and Identity, 1880-1986. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988.

_________. Kumar, Nita. “Work and Leisure in the Formation of Identity: Muslim Weavers in a Hindu City” in Sandria B. Freitag, ed. Culture and Power in Banaras: Community, Performance, and Environment, 1800-1980,147-170. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.

Mayaram, Shail. “Spirit Possession: Reframing Discourses of the Self and the Other” in La Possession en Asie du sud: Parole, Corps, Territorie in Assayag, Jackie and Tarabout, Gilles, 101-132. Paris: Editions de L’Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, 1999.

Marsden, Magnus. Living Islam: Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Openshaw, Jeanne. Seeking the Bauls of Bengal. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Pemberton, Kelly. “Muslim Women and Female Spiritual Authority in South Asian Sufism” in Stewart, Pamela and Strathern, Andrew, eds. Contesting Rituals: Islam and Practices of Identity-Making. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2005.

Pinault, David. Horse of Karbala: Muslim Devotional Life in India. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Rafiuddin, Ahmed. Understanding the Bengal Muslims: Interpretive Essays. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Ring, Laura A. Zenana: Everyday Peace in a Karachi Apartment Building. Bloomington and Indianapolis: University of Indiana Press, 2006.

Schubel, Vernon James. Religious Performance in Contemporary Islam: Shii Devotional Rituals in South Asia. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1993.

Sikand, Yoginder. Hindu-Muslim Syncretic Shrines in Karnataka. Bangalore: Himayat, 2001.

Simpson, Edward. Muslims Society and the Western Indian Ocean: The Seafarers of Kachchh. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Waseem, M., trans. and ed. On Becoming Muslim: French Essays on Aspects of Syncretism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Werbner, Pnina. Pilgrims of Love: The Anthropology of a Global Sufi Cult. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003.

Werbner, Pnina, and Basu, Helene, eds. Embodying Charisma: Modernity, Locality and the Performance of Emotion in Sufi Cults. New York: Routledge, 1998..


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