Sufism and Religious Boundaries in Contemporary Pakistan


The Consulate General and the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies are organizing the next French Scholars Series entitled "Sufism and Religious Boundaries in Contemporary Pakistan: Local Perspectives on Global Matters" on the 20th of January 2015.

Dr. Rémy Delage from the Centre d’études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique will give a lecture in English on sufism and religious boundaries in modern Pakistan. Dr. Sebastian Prange, from the Department of History, UBC will be hosting him.

Sufism as a form of devotional and popular Islam has always been portrayed as a tolerant, inclusive and flexible religion, in opposition to the rigorist and legalistic traditions of orthodox Islam. However, Sufism too was also highly institutionalized through its orders and brotherhoods.

This is true of the historical development of Sufism all along the Indus Valley, but especially so in the region of Sindh where it has been portrayed as the very embodiment of local culture since the colonial period.

This lecture aims to show how, in practical terms, Sufism works as a popular religion at the local level. How do followers of a saint and other devotees, by participating to rituals and the management of religious gatherings, understand and articulate their religious affiliations? Can we draw clear boundaries between Sufism and other local forms of worship? And how do these local religious practices relate to broader configurations of Islam in a globalized world?

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Michael Ames Theatre, Museum of Anthropology, 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, UBC

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