Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Bellamy, Carla, 1971- author

Title The powerful ephemeral : everyday healing in an ambiguously Islamic place / Carla Bellamy
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2011]
Online access available from:
JSTOR eBooks    View Resource Record  
ProQuest Ebook Central Subscription Collection    View Resource Record  
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (282 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series South Asia across the disciplines
South Asia across the disciplines.
Contents Introduction. Ambiguity: Ḥusain Ṭekrī and Indian dargāḥ culture -- Place: the making of a pilgrimage and a pilgrimage center -- People: the tale of the four virtuous women -- Absence: lobān, volunteerism, and abundance -- Presence: the work and the workings of ḥāẓirī -- Personae: transgression, otherness, cosmopolitanism, and kinship -- Conclusion: The powerful ephemeral: dargāḥ culture in contemporary India
Summary "The violent partitioning of British India along religious lines and ongoing communalist aggression have compelled Indian citizens to contend with the notion that an exclusive, fixed religious identity is fundamental to selfhood. Even so, Muslim saint shrines known as dargahs attract a religiously diverse range of pilgrims. In this accessible and groundbreaking ethnography, Carla Bellamy traces the long-term healing processes of Muslim and Hindu devotees of a complex of dargahs in northwestern India. Drawing on pilgrims' narratives, ritual and everyday practices, archival documents, and popular publications in Hindi and Urdu, Bellamy considers questions about the nature of religion in general and Indian religion in particular. Grounded in stories from individual lives and experiences, The Powerful Ephemeral offers not only a humane, highly readable portrait of dargah culture, but also new insight into notions of selfhood and religious difference in contemporary India"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Healing -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Islamic shrines -- India.
Spiritual healing -- India.
Sufism -- India.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010038918
ISBN 0520950453 (electronic book)
9780520950450 (electronic book)