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Shi‘ism in Kashmir: A History of Sunni-Shia Rivalry and Reconciliation

This book traces the impact of Sunni power on Shii society and how this changed during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book identifies a distinctive Kashmiri Shii Islam established during this period.

When Muslim rule in Kashmir ended in 1820, Sikh and later Hindu Dogra Rulers gained power, but the country was still largely influenced by Sunni religious orthodoxy. This book traces the impact of Sunni power on Shii society and how this changed during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The book identifies a distinctive Kashmiri Shii Islam established during this period. Hakim Sameer Hamdani argues that the Shii community’s religious and cultural identity was fostered through practices associated with the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his family in Karbala, as well as other rituals of Islam, in particular, the construction and furore surrounding Marak, the historic imambara (a Shia house for mourning of the Imam) of Kashmir’s Shiis. The book examines its destruction, the ensuing Shii-Sunni riot, and the reasons for the Shii community’s internal divisions and rifts at a time when they actually saw the strong consolidation of their identity.

The first study dedicated to Shia Islam in Kashmir, the book also sheds light on the emergence of the more ecumenical Muslim outlook we see in Kashmir today.

About the Author

Hakim Sameer Hamdani is Design Director at INTACH Kashmir, Kashmir. He has published in the International Journal of Islamic Architecture amongst others and his book The Syncretic Traditions of Islamic Religious Architecture of Kashmir is forthcoming.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Chapter 1: Not Quite Taqiyya: Kashmiri Shii at the Start of 19th Century
Chapter 2: Shii, Identity, Sunni Space and Hindu Rule
Chapter 3: Vocalizing a Community: Mourning, Marak and Marsiya
Chapter 4: Dissensions within the Mumineen: Challenging the Elite
Chapter 5: The Muslim Community and the Hindu Rulers: Moving Towards a Unified Muslim Identity
Conclusion
Bibliography

Bibliographic Information

Title: Shi‘ism in Kashmir: A History of Sunni-Shia Rivalry and Reconciliation

Author(s): Hakim Sameer Hamdani

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Length: 232 pages

ISBN: 9780755643936

Pub. Date: Dec 29 2022

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