Georg Stauth (ed.)

On Archaeology of Sainthood and Local Spirituality in Islam

Past and Present Crossroads of Events and Ideas
(Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam 5)

Saints, their places, the rituals of their veneration – the heroes and martyrs they represent or to whom they are often connected with – and the beliefs in their powers have often been described as being counter-thematic to the constructive issues of modern society in our times. However, in the Middle East – and certainly this is true for many other world regions and other world religions – local saints, Jewish, Christian and Islamic, have gained a very ambiguous status in religious movements, political struggles and events of social re-construction. In the case of Islam, perhaps more openly, modernists and fundamentalists alike attempt to abolish or to re-formulate the agenda of venerating the saints. However, at the same time saints and their localities have become a sort of overcharged symbolic incidence in the modern presence of Islam, in politics, in the media and – perhaps on a more hidden ground – in the struggle of ideas. In this volume historians, islamologists, anthropologists and sociologists give a multiple description of the inherent issues of the unhampered continuity of Muslim saints and their significance. With this volume 5, the Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam is linking empirical research on individual saints (including cases from Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, Syria and Morocco) with the debates around Islam and modernity.

Georg Stauth teaches Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and has widely published on Islam and Theory of Modernity.

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2004-05-27, 228 pages
ISBN: 978-3-89942-141-5

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Author(s)
Georg Stauth (ed.)
Book title
On Archaeology of Sainthood and Local Spirituality in Islam Past and Present Crossroads of Events and Ideas
(Yearbook of the Sociology of Islam 5)
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
228
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-89942-141-5
DOI
Commodity Group
1541
BIC-Code
JFSR JFSR2
BISAC-Code
SOC039000 SOC049000
THEMA-Code
JBSR QRPP
Release date
2004-05-27
Edition
1
Topics
Islam
Readership
Islamic Studies, Social Sciences, Ethnology
Keywords/Tags
Religion, Spirituality, Sainthood, Islam, Sociology of Religion, Islamic Studies, Sociology

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