Muslim Turkistan : Kazak religion and collective memory /
Bruce G. Privratsky.
Richmond : Curzon, 2001.
xxi, 321 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0700712976 :
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Richmond : Curzon, 2001.
0700712976 :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-298) and index.
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'The book offers plenty of original insights and description ... indispensable for anyone who is interested in Kazakh culture and society.'- Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
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Main Description
This ethnography of Muslim life among the Kazaks of Central Asia describes the sacralisation of land and ethnic identity, local understanding of Islamic purity, the Kazak ancestor cult and domestic spirituality, and pilgrimage to the tombs of Sufi saints.
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That the Kazaks persisted in their Islamic religion during the Soviet period is a testament to the collective memory's ability to store religious values. The author examines this phenomenon in light of the Soviet collapse and revival of Kazak identity.
Main Description
The author reconstructs collective memory theory in light of the Kazak case, stripping it of its postmodernist baggage, and proposing a place for it in a general theory of religion. This ethnography of Muslim life among the Kazaks of Central Asia describes the sacralisation of land and ethnic identity, local understanding of Islamic purity, the Kazak ancestor cult and its domestic spirituality, pilgrimage at the tombs of Sufi saints, and folk therapies shaped by traditional Islamic medicine and Inner Asian shamanism.
Table of Contents
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The Problem of Kazak Religionp. 1
The Historical Settingp. 1
Perspectives on Kazak Religionp. 7
Collective Memory and Kazak Religionp. 19
Methodp. 24
Kiyeli Jer: Muslim Landscapes and Kazak Ethnicityp. 30
The Ethnic Demography of Turkistanp. 34
Local History: Turkistan and Kazak Ethnogenesisp. 44
Muslim Burial Grounds and Kazak Ethnic Identityp. 49
Yasawi and His Pilgrimsp. 53
Muslim Values and Kazak Ethnic Markersp. 58
Conclusionp. 66
Taza Jol: The Pure Way of Islam Among the Kazaksp. 74
The Pure Way and its Variabilityp. 75
The Names of God and the Kazak Idea of Islamp. 76
The Daily Experience of Purity and Impurityp. 78
Upholding the Five Pillars of Islamp. 82
Observing the Islamic Rites of Passagep. 93
The Qojas: Guardians of the Taza Jolp. 98
Memories of the Sufi Traditionp. 102
Conclusionp. 109
Aruaq: Remembering the Ancestorsp. 114
Kinship, Lineage, and the Ancestor-Spiritsp. 115
Dreams of the Ancestorsp. 118
The Quran Recital and Blessingp. 123
The Thursday Rite of Quran and Oilp. 128
The Funeral Cycle and Memorial Feastp. 141
Kazak Ancestors and the Persistence of Religionp. 146
Conclusionp. 149
Auliye: Remembering the Saintsp. 154
The Way of the Muslim Saintsp. 156
The Shrine Center and its Peripheryp. 162
Pilgrimage Scenes at the Yasawi Shrinep. 168
Dynamics of Pilgrimagep. 173
Living Saints: New Age Religion in Kazakstanp. 182
The Ayan Complex: A Symbiosis of Ancestors and Saintsp. 186
Conclusionp. 188
Emshi: The Kazak Healerp. 193
Qoja and Mullah: The Muslim Way of Healingp. 195
Three Tawips: Women as Healersp. 202
Palshi: The Fortune-Tellersp. 212
Baqsi: The Kazak Shamanp. 216
Semantic Problems in the Healing Traditionp. 227
Today's Emshi - Yesterday's Shamanp. 231
Conclusionp. 233
Kazak Religion and Collective Memoryp. 237
The Kazaks and their Religionp. 238
Collective Memory Reconstructedp. 247
Conclusionp. 250
Religion as Culture and Spiritp. 253
The Construction and Reality of Religionp. 254
The Integrity of the Religious Lifep. 259
Religion and Sciencep. 264
Kazak Religion and the Ethnographic Experiencep. 270
Appendix: Principal Informantsp. 272
References Citedp. 275
Glossaryp. 299
Indexp. 308
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