Managing Piety: The Shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh

ISBN : 9780199402984

Linus Strothmann
338 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
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The shrine of Ali Hajveri (known as Data Ganj Bakhsh) in Lahore, Pakistan, is one of the South Asias most important Sufi sites. Based on original material gathered by the author, the book gives an account of various developments associated with this shrine, with particular focus on the relationship between the state, public space, the secular, and the religious, as well as giving detailed accounts of the economy, management, and social impact of the shrine. This study aims to be a significant contribution, especially because it fills a lacuna in the study of Sufism in South Asia particularly in Pakistan. No in-depth study of the Data Ganj Bakhsh Shrine has been conducted previously, hence, in that sense, this book may be considered as seminal work on the topic.


List of Tables
1 Introduction
2 The Perfect Saint
3 Making Data Darbar Modern
4 The Functional Division of Space
5 Managing Piety: Behind the Scenes
6. A Shrine Gone Urban
7. Contesting Unity: Suicide Attacks on Data Darbar
8 Data Darbar and Beyond: Conclusions and Final Remarks
Bibliography 308
Index 319

About the author: 

Linus Strothmann is a Lecturer at the Institute for Geographical Sciences, Freie Universitat Berlin. He completed his PhD in 2013 from the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universitat Berlin. He has written various research articles on Sufism and state-run shrines in Pakistan. His other areas of research include human development, resilience and vulnerability towards natural disasters, as well as minority studies.

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