By Justin Jones, Ali Usman Qasmi
Whereas such a lot reviews of Shi'i Islam have targeted upon Iran or the center East, South Asia is one other worldwide sector that is domestic to a wide and influential Shi'i inhabitants. This edited quantity establishes the significance of the Indian subcontinent, which has been profoundly formed via Shi'i cultures, regimes and populations all through its historical past, for the examine of Shi'i Islam within the sleek international. The essays inside of this quantity, all written by way of top students of the sector, discover a number of Shi'i groups (both Isna 'Ashari and Isma'ili) in components of the subcontinent as assorted as Karachi, Lucknow, Bombay and Hyderabad, in addition to South Asian Shi'i diasporas in East Africa. Drawing from a number of disciplinary views together with background, spiritual experiences, anthropology and political technological know-how, they research quite a number issues when it comes to Shi'i trust, perform, piety and belonging, in addition to relatives among Shi'i and non-Shi'i groups.