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Gender, Sainthood, & Everyday Practice in South Asian Shiʿism

Karen G. Ruffle

Abstract

This study of devotional hagiographical texts and contemporary ritual performances of the Shi'a of Hyderabad, India demonstrates how traditions of sainthood and localized cultural values shape gender roles. The author focuses on the annual mourning assemblies held on 7 Muharram to commemorate the battlefield wedding of Fatimah Kubra and her warrior-bridegroom Qasem, who was martyred in 680 ce at the battle of Karbala, Iraq, before their marriage was consummated. She argues that hagiography, an important textual tradition in Islam, plays a dynamic role in constructing the memory, piety, and soc ... More

Keywords: hagiographical texts, contemporary ritual performances, Shi'a of Hyderabad, traditions of sainthood, localized cultural values, gender roles, annual mourning assemblies, battlefield wedding, battle of Karbala, hagiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834756
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877975_ruffle

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen G. Ruffle, author