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Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance: An Emerging Global Public

Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance: An Emerging Global Public

Chapter:
(p.169) 7 Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance: An Emerging Global Public
Source:
Who Owns Religion?
Author(s):
Laurie L. Patton
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226676036.003.0008

This chapter includes several of the postcolonial issues raised by Harjot Oberoi's work and analyzes them in the context of a newly conservative community of Ismaili Muslims. It talks about Tazim Kassam who published her book Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance: Hymns of the Satpanth Ismā'īlī Muslim Saint, Pīr Shams in 1995. A thirteenth-century saint, Pīr Shams was also a composer and a pivotal figure in the tradition of Ginans, daily liturgical hymns used by the Fatand Nizari Ismaili sect of Shia Muslims. This chapter mentions the Ginans that represent a Hindu–Muslim synthesis of a highly creative kind. Like Oberoi with his historical study of the Sikhs, Kassam attempts a historical reconstruction of the origins of a religious group: the Sat Panths Ismailis, the Indian version of the Fatand Nizari sect.

Keywords:   Ismā'īlī Muslim, Tazim Kassam, Pīr Shams, Ginans, Fatand Nizari Ismaili sect, Shia Muslims, Hindu–Muslim synthesis, Sat Panths Ismailis

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