This book considers the voice of an important Muslim minority through its sermons.
One of the most important current debates within and about Islam concerns its relation with power. Can Muslims be fundamentally content without power or as a minority? This book considers the voice of an important Muslim minority through its sermons. Indian Shi’i Muslims are a minority within a minority, constituting about ten to fifteen percent of the population as a whole, but comprising of about fifteen million people. Ten sermons are presented entirely and many more are quoted in order to analyze the preaching tradition in full. This book is the first survey to present the Indian mourning gathering and explain the history of this extraordinary phenomenon.
About the Author
Toby Howarth is currently Vice Principal of Crowther hall, at Selly Oak in Birmingham. A graduate of Yale University, Birmingham University and the Free University of Amsterdam, he has studied and worked in Birmingham, Oxford, Uganda, Egypt, Jerusalem, India, and the Netherlands. He speaks and writes widely in the field of Muslim-Christian relations.
Table of Contents
From Karbala to India: a history of Shiʻa preaching
The Shiʻa of Hyderabad and their mourning gatherings
The description of a complete mourning gathering (including the text of Sermon 1)
Sermons by male ‘lay’ preachers
Sermons by women
Sermons by religious scholars
What the sermons do and how they do it Indian Shiʻa preaching as the expression of a minority Islamic religious
Title: The Twelver Shiʻa as a Muslim Minority in India: Pulpit of Tears
َAuthor: Toby Howarth
Length: 236 pages
Pub. Date: April 16, 2011