Mullahs on the Mainframe: Islam and Modernity Among the Daudi Bohras

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University of Chicago Press, 2001 - History - 408 pages
Table of Contents Mullahs on the Mainframe : Islam and Modernity among the Daudi Bohras by Blank, Jonah Terms of Use Acknowledgments p. vii Introduction p. 1 Part I Ethnography p. 11 Chapter 1 Historical Background: The Roots of the Faith p. 13 Chapter 2 Rituals of a Daudi Bohra Life p. 53 Chapter 3 Rituals of the Daudi Bohra Year p. 82 Chapter 4 Bohra Domestic Life: Kinship, Sex, and the Status of Women p. 111 Chapter 5 Qasr-e Ali: The Royals p. 134 Part II Analysis p. 157 Chapter 6 Maintenance of Spiritual and Political Hegemony p. 159 Chapter 7 Specifics of Orthopraxy: Dress and Economics p. 184 Chapter 8 Education p. 207 Chapter 9 Dissidents and Control p. 229 Chapter 10 Conclusion p. 258 Appendixes p. 289 1. Line of Musta'li Tayyibi Ismaili Imams p. 289 2. Line of Daudi Bohra Da'is p. 290 3. Questionnaire Used for Issuing Certificates of Orthopraxy p. 292 4. Analysis of Gulshan-e Malumat Data p. 296 5. Kinship Ties of the Daudi Bohra Da'is p. 299 Bibliographical Discussion p. 301 Notes p. 309 Glossary p. 357 Bibliography p. 369 Index p. 393 Descriptive content provided by Syndetics"! a Bowker service. Summary Mullahs on the Mainframe : Islam and Modernity among the Daudi Bohras by Blank, Jonah Terms of use In Jonah Blank's important, myth-shattering book, the West gets its first look at the Daudi Bohras, a unique Muslim denomination who have found the core of their religious beliefs largely compatible with modern ideology. Combining orthodox Muslim prayer, dress, and practice with secular education, relative gender equality, and Internet use, this community serves as a surprising reminder that the central values of "modernity" are hardly limited to the West. Descriptive content provided by Syndetics"! a Bowker service.
 

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Policy adviser to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior editor at U.S. News and World Report, Blank (Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God) here focuses on the Bohras, a community of Shia ... Read full review

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Proud to be DAWOODI BOHRA ... SYEDNA MOHAMMED BURHANUDDIN ZINDABAD!

Contents

Introduction
1
ETHNOGRAPHY
11
Historical Background The Roots of the Faith
13
Rituals of a Daudi Bohra Life
53
Rituals of the Daudi Bohra Year
82
Bohra Domestic Life Kinship Sex and the Status of Women
111
Qasre Ali The Royals
134
ANALYSIS
157
Conclusion
258
Appendixes
289
2 Line of Daudi Bohra Dais
290
3 Questionnaire Used for Issuing Certificates of Orthopraxy
292
4 Analysis of Gulshane Malumat Data
296
5 Kinship Ties of the Daudi Bohra Dais
299
Bibliographical Discussion
301
Notes
309

Maintenance of Spiritual and Political Hegemony
159
Specifics of Orthopraxy Dress and Economics
184
Education
207
Dissidents and Control
229
Glossary
357
Bibliography
369
Index
393
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Jonah Blank, an anthropologist, is South Asia policy advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing the Ramayana through India. He has taught anthropology at Harvard University, covered India and Pakistan as a senior editor of U.S. News and World Report, provided commentary for the BBC, and written for publications ranging from the New Yorker to Foreign Affairs.

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