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Refuge for the Taliban, nuclear power, terror camps, sinister secret police and assassinations-this is what everyone, who follows the media, associates Pakistan with. But how different is the country? Munich cultural anthropologist, Jurgen Wasim Frembgen, shows us in one of the most exciting reports we owe to German cultural anthropology ...
At the Shrine of the Red Sufi: Five Days and Nights on Pilgrimage in Pakistan
Refuge for the Taliban, nuclear power, terror camps, sinister secret police and assassinations-this is what everyone, who follows the media, associates Pakistan with. But how different is the country? Munich cultural anthropologist, Jurgen Wasim Frembgen, shows us in one of the most exciting reports we owe to German cultural anthropology in recent decades. Frembgen's visit to the shrine of the Red Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the little town of Sehwan in southern Pakistan shows a side of Islam which-translated into its western equivalent would closely resemble the carnival in Rhineland or the anarchic potential of Flower Power. At the same time, the event abounds in superstition, asceticism, and spirituality-the kind which have long since disappeared in the West. At one point, Frembgen describes this annual pilgrimage as Dionysian-but not in the sense of opulent-the poverty, whether chosen or of necessity, is conspicuous everywhere-but in its exuberance and ostensible disorderliness.
15.95 USD
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In today's Pakistan the dominant conservative mindset tends to marginalize leisure activities. However, traditional sports and pastimes, games and play, entertainment and amusement are an expression of happiness and joy and an integral part of popular culture. They represent a cultural system and preserve cultural values. The dimension of playfulness ...
Wrestlers, Pigeon Fanciers, and Kite Flyers: Traditional Sports and Pastimes in Lahore
In today's Pakistan the dominant conservative mindset tends to marginalize leisure activities. However, traditional sports and pastimes, games and play, entertainment and amusement are an expression of happiness and joy and an integral part of popular culture. They represent a cultural system and preserve cultural values. The dimension of playfulness inherent in traditional sports and pastimes is clearly articulated in the culture of the Punjab in general and of Lahore in particular, especially in the Walled City. The popular pastimes selected for this study, namely wrestling, flying pigeons and kite fighting, are almost emblematic of the Walled City, an urban space where wrestlers, pigeon fanciers and kite flyers appear to be the veritable custodians of Lahori culture. This is the first book that details these traditional sports and pastimes, which, the authors argue, form an integral part of social life in Pakistan and create important bonds between various communities.
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42.76 USD
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The Arts and Crafts of the Hunza Valley in Pakistan is a thorough ethnographic field research conducted over a period of twenty years. It is augmented by the author's selection of photographs which add depth to the study by providing a frame of reference for the wide array of crafts ...
The Arts and Crafts of the Hunza Valley in Pakistan
The Arts and Crafts of the Hunza Valley in Pakistan is a thorough ethnographic field research conducted over a period of twenty years. It is augmented by the author's selection of photographs which add depth to the study by providing a frame of reference for the wide array of crafts and lifestyles that existed and continue to flourish in the area. He delves into the variations of art fostered in the Valley, from woodwork to embroidery, by taking into account the geographical and historical links to Central Asia and Kashmir, hence, exploring the amalgamation of cultures that enrich the work. The author has systematically carried out studies of locals from all walks of life. His interviews of master craftspeople, which are on the verge of disappearing along with the correct indigenous terminology, help enhance the distinct cultures of that region. is book is an important reference material for those who are interested in understanding the Hunza region, its people, and its arts and crafts.
36.750000 USD
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Distilling nearly forty years of experience drinking the second most consumed beverage in the world, Jurgen Wasim Frembgen's travelogue, A Thousand Cups of Tea, is a journey through the production, preparation, and consumption of tea from North Africa to South Asia. With deep insights into diverse habits, customs, preferences, and ...
A Thousand Cups of Tea: Among Tea Lovers in Pakistan and Elsewhere in the Muslim World
Distilling nearly forty years of experience drinking the second most consumed beverage in the world, Jurgen Wasim Frembgen's travelogue, A Thousand Cups of Tea, is a journey through the production, preparation, and consumption of tea from North Africa to South Asia. With deep insights into diverse habits, customs, preferences, and traditions surrounding this practise, the author delves into painting a cross-cultural panorama of a simple activity through detailed vignettes and historical anecdotes based on personal observations and thorough ethnographic research. Woven amongst a combination of both culinary and cultural literature, this simple, accessible knowledge allows the reader to explore the brewing herbs not only as a mixture of hot refreshment, but also as a social custom. This book is of interest to a diverse readership-ranging from anthropology students, casual readers, and tea connoisseurs. It is concurrently an important reference material and valuable addition to the literature on the anthropology of food.
68.250000 USD
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Within the Muslim world, Pakistan is a heartland of Islamic mysticism where this path of love is distinctive and especially alive in its popular manifestations. The inspirational vitality of Sufism and related forms of vernacular Islam is reflected in the life worlds of charismatic saints and mystics who undertake a ...
The Friends of God-Sufi Saints in Islam: Popular Poster Art from Pakistan
Within the Muslim world, Pakistan is a heartland of Islamic mysticism where this path of love is distinctive and especially alive in its popular manifestations. The inspirational vitality of Sufism and related forms of vernacular Islam is reflected in the life worlds of charismatic saints and mystics who undertake a journey to God and strive for the experience of unity with the divine. Modern poster-portraits depicting Sufi saints and their shrines are a vivid medium of piety and devotion. These colourful, visually fascinating and powerful prints are particularly significant for the study of those contemporary views of the South Asian Sufi tradition shared by the common people. Unfolding a world of imagination, they reflect the visual aesthetics of folk art and pop art steeped in exuberance and playfulness. Devotional pictures of Muslim saints and shrines are similarly attractive as the much better known Hindu posters of gods and goddesses from India. Through comprehensive documentation and analysis, this book aims to introduce this genre of popular Sufi poster art for the first time to a wider readership.
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26.31 USD
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In Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis Jurgen Wasim Frembgen takes the reader along on his fascinating mystical journeys into the musical worlds of Pakistan. In dense description he tells about his personal experiences and emotions while participating in ecstatic nights of music at Sufi shrines, attending trance ...
Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis: The Unheard Pakistan
In Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis Jurgen Wasim Frembgen takes the reader along on his fascinating mystical journeys into the musical worlds of Pakistan. In dense description he tells about his personal experiences and emotions while participating in ecstatic nights of music at Sufi shrines, attending trance rituals and listening enraptured to sublime and refined classical music in private music rooms in Lahore. In his ethnographic narrative he unfolds authentic cultural contexts and life worlds in which music is deeply embedded, tracing how music is perceived and 'tasted' by listeners. He himself listens with all his senses, above all with the 'ear of the heart', to sounds which seem to remove the veils between man and God. Thus, he experiences spirituality and discovers the enormous power of music in the land of the Sufis. This ethnographic narrative takes the reader along on fascinating mystical journeys into the musical worlds of Pakistan, relating his personal experiences and feelings while participating in ecstatic nights of music at Sufi shrines, attending trance rituals and listening enraptured to sublime and refined classical music in private music rooms in Lahore.
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24.100000 USD
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The Sufi tradition as the 'other face' and 'soft core' of Islam represents a particular creative and liberal facet characterized by tolerance, humanism and the accommodation of differences. That is why inspirational Sufi religiosity is inclusivist in nature. This book, which understands Sufi Islam as being embedded in wider social ...
Journey to God: Sufis and Dervishes in Islam
The Sufi tradition as the 'other face' and 'soft core' of Islam represents a particular creative and liberal facet characterized by tolerance, humanism and the accommodation of differences. That is why inspirational Sufi religiosity is inclusivist in nature. This book, which understands Sufi Islam as being embedded in wider social and cultural contexts, surveys the whole of the Muslim world from Sub-Saharan Africa across the Middle East to Eastern Turkestan and South Asia, with particular emphasis on Pakistan and India as its demographic centre. What distinguishes this study most clearly from the considerable number of introductions to Sufism currently available is that it offers an account of Sufi Islam from the perspective of the ethnographer as much as that of the historian of religion. Focusing on its concrete, practiced and lived forms, it shows how popular Sufism developed into the almost ubiquitous mass movement, present at all levels of Muslim society as a dynamic force until modern times. This book is a revised translation of the original German edition.
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12.51 USD
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In Pakistan, stubborn mountain tribes still lead a largely secluded life, preserving their archaic cultural traditions. Their distinctive features are Sunni Islam, strict gender segregation, a prevalent caste system, and frequent blood feuds already apparent in the layout of fortified villages with watchtowers. Jurgen Wasim Frembgen, renowned anthropologist, was one ...
The Closed Valley: With Fierce Friends in the Pakistani Himalayas
In Pakistan, stubborn mountain tribes still lead a largely secluded life, preserving their archaic cultural traditions. Their distinctive features are Sunni Islam, strict gender segregation, a prevalent caste system, and frequent blood feuds already apparent in the layout of fortified villages with watchtowers. Jurgen Wasim Frembgen, renowned anthropologist, was one of the first to venture into the valley of Harban, a world hostile to outsiders, lying in the Gilgit-Baltistan region located in the Himalayas of North Pakistan, branching off from the east bank of the Indus River. The study was conducted over the course of several stays between 1989 and 1997. Enduring strains and dangers, Jurgen Wasim found a way to overcome the omnipresent mistrust. In this work of literary anthropology he narrates his experiences in sharing the daily life of a harsh, male-dominated society where he surprisingly discovers gentleness, poetry, and warm-hearted friendship
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