Muslim Turkistan: Kazak Religion and Collective Memory

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Routledge, Nov 19, 2013 - Social Science - 321 pages
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This ethnography of Muslim life among the Kazaks of Central Asia describes the sacralisation of land and ethnic identity, local understanding of Islamic purity, the Kazak ancestor cult and domestic spirituality, and pilgrimage to the tombs of Sufi saints.
 

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Contents

THE PROBLEM OF KAZAK RELIGION
1
Perspectives on Kazak Religion
7
Collective Memory and Kazak Religion
19
MUSLIM LANDSCAPES AND KAZAK
30
Turkistan and Kazak Ethnogenesis
44
Yasawi and His Pilgrims
53
Conclusion
66
THE PURE WAY OF ISLAM AMONG
74
REMEMBERING THE SAINTS
154
Pilgrimage Scenes at the Yasawi Shrine
168
New Age Religion in Kazakstan
182
Conclusion
188
Women as Healers
202
Todays Emshi Yesterdays Shaman
231
KAZAK RELIGION AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY
237
Collective Memory Reconstructed
247

Upholding the Five Pillars of Islam
82
Observing the Islamic Rites of Passage
93
Memories of the Sufi Tradition
102
Conclusion
109
The Thursday Rite of Quran and Oil
128
The Funeral Cycle and Memorial Feast
141
RELIGION AS CULTURE AND SPIRIT
253
Religion and Science
264
Kazak Religion and the Ethnographic Experience
270
GLOSSARY
299
INDEX
308
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