Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance

Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance : Hymns of the Satpanth Isma'ili Muslim Saint, Pir Shams

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Coursing through cultures and time, tuneful verse has given moving expression to the human longing for the divine. As poetry strung on sweet melodies, hymns bear testimony to the religious life of the devout, and to the inspiring teachings of minstrels and saints. Such is the ginan tradition of the Satpanth Ismailis, Indian successors of the Fatimid and Nizari Ismaili sect of the Shiah Muslims. Traditionally recited during daily ritual prayers, ginans have been revered for generations among the Satpanth Ismailis as sacred compositions. This work offers for the first time an extensive translation of hymns attributed to the Ismaili saint-composer, Pir Shams (ca. 13th century), who is at once one of the most pivotal and yet most enigmatic figures of this literary tradition.
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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.57 x 21.34mm | 662g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791425924
  • 9780791425923
  • 1,002,439

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"It is rare to find South Asian poetry translated into English in a fashion that gives an impression of the poetic power of the original. I think the author is particularly gifted in her ability to translate in this manner." -- Sheila McDonough "Absolutely wonderful hymns! They reveal something of the quality of the traditions as nothing else can. Their power as community memory and boundary markers through sacred sound is lovingly and expertly communicated in this book." -- Frederick M. Denny
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About Tazim R. Kassam

Tazim R. Kassam is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Religion at Middlebury College.
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