Department of Religious Studies

Asfar Mohammad Book Event

Wed, March 9, 2016 | WCH 4.118

3:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Please join Asian Studies in celebrating the publication of Afsar
Mohammad¹s book, The Festival of Pirs:  Popular Islam and Shared Devotion in South Asia.  

In this book, Dr. Mohammad presents a lively ethnographic study of the textured religious life of Gugudu. Muharram, he shows, takes on a strikingly different color in Gugudu because of the central place of local Islam interacting with global Islam. In the words of one devotee. "There is no Hindu or Muslim. They all have one religion, which is called 'Kullayappa devotion.'"

Through his compelling fieldwork, Mohammadexpands our ideas about devotion to the martyrs of Karbala, not only in this particular village but alson in the wider world, and explores the intersection between an Islam with locally defined practices and global Hinduism.

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