* Preface * Images of South Asian Sufism Ali S. Asani * Islam and Sufism in Contemporary South Asia Carl W. Ernst * The Architecture of Sufi Shrines Kamil Khan Mumtaz * Storytelling as Imaginative History Samina Quraeshi * Afterword * Glossary * Bibliography * Contributors * Acknowledgments * Picture Credits
Samina Quraeshi is Gardner Fellow and Visiting Artist, Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Ali S. Asani is Professor of the Practice of Indo-Muslim Languages and Cultures, Harvard University. Carl W. Ernst is William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kamil Khan Mumtaz is an architect living in Pakistan.
Sacred Spaces is an ambitious attempt at proposing religious tolerance in today's Pakistan by recalling to the core values of Sufism, which is all-inclusive in nature. Quraeshi delves into history to allay the nationalist and fundamentalist contentions of the country's hard-line elements, prescribing sermons of the thirteenth century poet Jalaluddin Rumi, among other saints from foregone eras...It includes a dramatic collection of photo montages and calligraphic work of the shrines, the architecture and the people who inhabit these religious centres, with a handful of essays introspecting on the centuries-old traditions of the mystical messages of the Sufis. -- Jaideep Sen Time Out Bengaluru 20100219