By Syed Akbar Hyder
In Reliving Karbala, Syed Akbar Hyder examines the myriad ways in which the Karbala image has supplied proposal in South Asia, domestic to the worlds biggest Muslim inhabitants. instead of a unified interpreting of Islam, Hyder unearths a number of, occasionally conflicting, understandings of the which means of Islamic non secular symbols like Karbala. He ventures past conventional, scriptural interpretations to debate the ways that hundreds of thousands of very human adherents exhibit and perform their ideals. through the use of a breathtaking array of resources, together with musical performances, interviews, nationalist drama, and different literary varieties, Hyder strains the evolution of this tale from its earliest ancient origins to the start of the twenty-first century.
this present day, Karbala serves as a party of martyrdom, a resource of non-public and communal identification, or even a device for political protest and fight. Hyder explores how concerns on the topic of gender, style, pop culture, type, and migrancy undergo at the cultivation of spiritual symbols. He assesses the way within which non secular language and identities are negotiated throughout contexts and continents.
At a time while phrases like martyrdom, jihad, and Shiism are getting used and misused for political purposes, this ebook offers much-needed scholarly redress. via his multifaceted exam of this seminal occasion in Islamic background, Hyder bargains an unique, complicated, and nuanced view of non secular symbols.
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Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian Memory by Syed Akbar Hyder