Travel, pilgramage, and networking

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Department
Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Course
NMC103H1
Professor
Maria Subtelny
Semester
Winter

Description
Travel, pilgrimage, and networking NMC103 Feb. 14, 2013 Religiously Motivated Travel 1  Hajj: pilgrimmage to Mecca (religious) Haji—title appended to name  Ziyarat (Turkish): Pilgramage to local shrines—for those who could not afford a pilgrimage - Sufis—believed people could become, because of piety, ‘friends of God’—term for friend (‘vayali’) - People would visit tombs of such people (oft women wanting children) to receive blessings from the deceased person (called Baraka)—these visits were called Ziyarat - Many founders of Sufi orders regarded as ‘saintly people’—had charisma 2 - Idea of train of transmission (last week’s term ‘silsilah’) - Some burial tombs were built for mythical characters  e.g. female/male saints - Other important grave shrines: o Prophet Ali’s tomb o Prophet Daniel’s tomb  Travel for study (talab al-‘ilm) o Study with Sufi Shaykhs o Famous madrasas, places of learning
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