Muslim Travellers / Edition 1

Muslim Travellers / Edition 1

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by Dale F. Eickelman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520072529

ISBN-13: 2900520072526

Pub. Date: 01/19/1990

Publisher: University of California Press

Focusing on travel in various Muslim societies from Malaysia to West Africa to Western Europe and covering historical periods from the first centuries of Islam to the present, the contributors to this edition investigate the role of religious doctrine in motivating travel. While pilgrimage is usually seen as travel with a uniquely religious purpose, this exploration

Overview

Focusing on travel in various Muslim societies from Malaysia to West Africa to Western Europe and covering historical periods from the first centuries of Islam to the present, the contributors to this edition investigate the role of religious doctrine in motivating travel. While pilgrimage is usually seen as travel with a uniquely religious purpose, this exploration of the role of travel in Muslim societies and in Islamic doctrine shows that other forms of travel -- for learning, visits to shrines, exile, and labour migration -- also shape the religious imagination. Conversely travel for specifically religious purposes often has equally important economic and political consequences.

The contributors also explore the transnational and local significance of pilgrimage, migration, and other forms of travel, and show how these journeys heighten a universal sense of "being Muslim" while also inspiring the redefinition of the frontiers of sect, language, territory, and nation. In this way, encounters with Muslim "others" have been as important in shaping community self-definition as encounters with European "others".

Linking pilgrimage and migration to issues such as class, ethnicity, and gender, Muslim Travellers brings together the results of recent field research and historical studies. It will be of special value to students of history and anthropology and to those in cross-disciplinary courses such as Islamic civilisation and world religions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520072526
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/19/1990
Series:
Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvii
Notes on contributorsviii
Note on transliterationxi
Prefacexii
Introduction
1Social theory in the study of Muslim societies3
Part 1Doctrines of travel
2The obligation to migrate: the doctrine of hijra in Islamic law29
3The search for knowledge in medieval Muslim societies: a comparative approach50
Part 2Travel accounts
4The ambivalence of rihla: community integration and self-definition in Moroccan travel accounts, 1300-180069
5The pilgrimage remembered: South Asian accounts of the hajj85
Part 3Pilgrims and migrants
6Patterns of Muslim pilgrimage from Malaysia, 1885-1985111
7The hijra from Russia and the Balkans: the process of self-definition in the late Ottoman state131
8Shifting centres and emergent identities: Turkey and Germany in the lives of Turkish Gastarbeiter153
Part 4Saints, scholars, and travel
9Pedigrees and paradigms: scholarly credentials among the Dyula of the northern Ivory Coast175
10Between Cairo and the Algerian Kabylia: the Rahmaniyya tariqa, 1715-1800200
11Saints and shrines, politics, and culture: a Morocco-Israel comparison217
12Ziyaret: gender, movement, and exchange in a Turkish community236
Annotated bibliography of related studies256
Glossary264
Index271

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