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“Spiritual Begging”: The Dichotomy of Ziyarat in Pakistan?
“Spiritual Begging”: The Dichotomy of Ziyarat in Pakistan?

Author(s): Sheba Saeed
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Theology and Religion
Published by: Presa Universitara Clujeana
Keywords: South Asia;Sufism;Islam;spiritual begging;shrines

Summary/Abstract: The article is based on years of researching begging in the context of South Asia around locations such as traffic intersections, bazaars and shrines. The central idea that it explores is how the practice of Ziyarat (Visitation), a contested ritual journey to the shrines of Saints, is actually a form of begging, albeit, on a spiritual level. It elaborates on the novel concept of spiritual begging and the relationship between such supplication in a sacred space and internal poverty using supporting notes from the field participants and illuminates the intra-religious pluralistic conflict which exists within Islam on this practice.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2018
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 79-103
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: English