Lecture by Dr Iqbal Surani, Florida International University
Organised by Dr. Zahir Bhalloo, Visiting Fellow, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies / Research Associate, Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS), Paris,
Dr. Olly Akkerman, research associate, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
This paper will examine the construction of religious identity of the Khoja-s Shīʻa Imāmī Ismāʻīlī through a critical study of two types of religious texts: the ginān-s (devotional hymns) and the farmān-s (commands). The ginan-s are attributed mainly to a number of foundational Sufi figures (pīr-s) of the community whereas the farmān-s are attributed to the Nizari Ismāʻīlī imām-s, the Aga Khan-s. These texts, in particular the farmān-s, have been published for the sole use of the believers and therefore have not been studied academically. However, they are the basic source to which the believers refer to conduct their daily spiritual, cultural and socio-economic lives. By studying selected farmān-s and ginān-s we will seek to understand how the original vernacular Islamic/Satpanthi hybrid community in South Asia has developed today into a globalized new religious movement, the Shīʻa Imāmī Ismāʻīlī Ṭarīqa.
Mar 09, 2017 | 04:00 PM c.t. - 06:00 PM
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
Freie Universität Berlin