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Chapter One Introduction1.1 Background of the Research The Tablighi Jamaat1.2 Previous Studies: General 1.3 Previous Studies: Bangladesh and the UK 1.4 Summary of the Chapters Chapter Two Islamic Reforms in Bangladesh2.1 Introduction2.2 Islamisation in Bengal2.3 Bengal Muslim under Reform Movements2.4 Bangladesh and Islam2.5 The Tablighi Jamaat and Dawah2.6 The Six Points of the Tablighi Jamaat2.7 Conclusion Chapter Three Methodology3.1 Introduction3.2 Why Ethnographic Research?3.3 Multi sited Ethnography: Field, Site, and Location What is Multi-sited Ethnography?3.4 Introduction to the Field: Bangladesh and the UK 3.5 The Challenges of the Research3.6 Problem of the Researcher3.7 Conclusion Chapter Four Undertaking a Chilla: Becoming a Tablighi Follower4.1 Getting into Dawah4.2 Finding a Chilla Group4.3 Chilla in Nageswary4.4 A Day in the Roy Ganj Mosque4.5 Learning by Doing Tashkili Gasht: the Case of Hasan Ali and Shukur Ali Ta'leem and Mujakkera The Umumi Gasht Magrib bad Boyan (Religious Talk after Magrib Prayer) Chapter Five Spiritual Journey within the Tablighi Jamaat 5.1 Introduction5.2 Social Implication of Dawah: Participation in Chilla Status, Authority, and Religious Empowerment Community Engagement: Mosque Based Activities and Social Entrepreneurs Transformation, Communitas and Chilla5.3 The Transformation of Society Politics and the Tablighi Jamaat Heavens Above and the Grave Below Two Cases5.4 ConclusionChapter Six Bishwa Ijtema as a New Form of Islamic Pilgrimage6.1 Introduction6.2 The Ijtema of the Tablighi Jamaat6.3 The Bishwa Ijtema in 2009 and 20106.4 The Ijtema and the Hajj: Comparison6.5 The Ijtema and Visiting Shrines: Comparison6.6 Ijtema: a New Pilgrimage for the Muslim6.7 ConclusionChapter Seven Reconfiguring Gender Relations7.1 Introduction7.2 Marriage in the Tablighi Jamaat7.3 The Tablighi Jamaat and the Family7.4 Gender and the Tablighi Jamaat7.5 ConclusionChapter Eight Participation in a Weekly Gasht8.1 Getting Involved in Dawah8.2 The Gasht at the Uthman Mosque8.3 Religious Speech after the Magrib Prayer Chapter Nine Tablighi Jamaat in the UK9.1 Introduction9.2 Muslims in the UK Bangladeshi in the UK9.3 Tablighi Jamaat Followers in the UK9.4 The Implications of the Tablighi Jamaat in the UK A Mosque Oriented Community Educating Children by Tablighi Initiatives The Tablighi Jamaat as a Guideline for Islamic Life in Western Society Two Cases9.5 Conclusion Chapter Ten Searching for a Global Identity10.1 Introduction10.2 Identity Formation of the Tablighi Jamaat in the UK Why Identity is Important Community, Identity, and the Tablighi Jamaat Shared Tablighi Experience and Memory Transformation and Tablighi Identity10.3 Conclusion Chapter Eleven Conclusion

About the Author

Bulbul Siddiqi is an anthropologist, specialising in the Islamic movement in South Asia and the UK, citizenship and identities, development and public health. After undergraduate and graduate studies in anthropology in Bangladesh, he completed his MA in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham in 2007 and his PhD in Anthropology of Religion at Cardiff University in 2014 researching the Tablighi Jamaat in the UK and Bangladesh. His ethnographic fieldwork has included several research trips to Bangladesh and the UK. He is now working as an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at North South University, Bangladesh.

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