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Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: South Asia
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Much of the sacred geography and devotional practices dedicated to Shi‘i saints in South Asia is not tomb-centered, but rather situated around shrines, both institutional and those that are informal and based in the home. Unlike the dargāhs (tomb-shrines) of the usually male saint…

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Karen Ruffle, “Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002023>
First published online: 2018

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