Muslim Travellers

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Focusing on travel in Muslim societies from Malaysia to West Africa to Western Europe 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 labor migration—also shape the religious ...
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Focusing on travel in Muslim societies from Malaysia to West Africa to Western Europe 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 labor migration—also shape the religious imagination. Conversely, travel for specifically religious purposes often has important economic and political consequences.

The contributors explore the transnational and local significance of pilgrimage and migration, showing 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 will be of special value to students of history and anthropology and to those in cross-disciplinary courses such as Islamic civilization and world religions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520072527
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/1990
  • Series: Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author


Dale F. Eickelman is Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations at Dartmouth College. James Piscatori is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at University College of Wales in Aberystwyth.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii
Notes on contributors viii
Note on transliteration xi
Preface xii
Introduction
1 Social theory in the study of Muslim societies 3
Part 1 Doctrines of travel
2 The obligation to migrate: the doctrine of hijra in Islamic law 29
3 The search for knowledge in medieval Muslim societies: a comparative approach 50
Part 2 Travel accounts
4 The ambivalence of rihla: community integration and self-definition in Moroccan travel accounts, 1300-1800 69
5 The pilgrimage remembered: South Asian accounts of the hajj 85
Part 3 Pilgrims and migrants
6 Patterns of Muslim pilgrimage from Malaysia, 1885-1985 111
7 The hijra from Russia and the Balkans: the process of self-definition in the late Ottoman state 131
8 Shifting centres and emergent identities: Turkey and Germany in the lives of Turkish Gastarbeiter 153
Part 4 Saints, scholars, and travel
9 Pedigrees and paradigms: scholarly credentials among the Dyula of the northern Ivory Coast 175
10 Between Cairo and the Algerian Kabylia: the Rahmaniyya tariqa, 1715-1800 200
11 Saints and shrines, politics, and culture: a Morocco-Israel comparison 217
12 Ziyaret: gender, movement, and exchange in a Turkish community 236
Annotated bibliography of related studies 256
Glossary 264
Index 271
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