Alexandre Papas / Thomas Welsford / Thierry Zarcone (eds.)

Alexandre Papas / Thomas Welsford / Thierry Zarcone (eds.) Central Asian Pilgrims

Central Asian Pilgrims

Hajj Routes and Pious Visits between Central Asia and the Hijaz

Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Band 308

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Sprache: Englisch
1. Auflage ()
Paperback, Illustrations, 331 Seiten
ISBN 9783879973996
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Produced in coope­ra­tion with the Institut Fran­cais D'Etudes sur L'Asie Centrale.
Stri­ving to fulfil one of the five pillars of Islam, Central Asian belie­vers covered cons­i­de­rable distances to reach Mecca. This book is the story of their endea­vours and their successes. Based on the procee­dings of an inter­na­tional confe­rence held in Tash­kent, the collec­tion brings toge­ther ten essays on hajj pilgrims and networks, each written by a leading scholar in the field of Islamic and Central Asian studies and drawing upon new mate­rial and sophisti­cated theo­retical approa­ches.
The volume covers a long period of history, from the sixte­enth century to the present, and a wide territory ranging from Western China to Arabia, passing via Russia, Uzbe­kistan, India, Iran, and the Red Sea.
Contri­bu­tions are arranged within four sections. In view of the high piety and the reli­gious passion of Central Asian Sufis, and of Naqsh­bandis in parti­cular, the first section of the book, ›Sufis on Hajj‹, examines the history and the theory of Sufi pilgri­mage between Turkestan and the Hara­mayn. Besides mystics, »common« pilgrims from various back­grounds under­took and still under­take the long journey: in the second section, ›The Hajj Trajec­to­ries‹, three case studies – rela­ting to Turkes­tanis in the 16th and 17th centu­ries, Volga-Ural Muslims in the late 19th century, and Tatars in the early 20th century – illu­s­t­rate their itinera­ries, travel condi­tions, and their acti­vi­ties during the journey. Contri­bu­tions to the third section, ›Books of Hajj‹, accord parti­cular atten­tion to events in the 19th century, when a range of new oppor­tuni­ties for Central Asian hajjis allowed the proli­fe­ra­tion of new kinds of trave­lo­gues inspired by Refor­mist ideas. Finally, the papers in the fourth section, ›From Hajj to Pious Visits‹, remind us that, despite this Jadid influ­ence and the deve­lop­ment of hajj thanks to modern trans­por­ta­tion, secon­dary pilgri­mages – i.e. pious visits to shrines – are still extre­mely popular, func­tio­ning either as a substi­tute for hajj or as an addi­tion thereto.