Ali Jan Damani’s latest publication is a book review titled, Remembering Shahbaz: A critical review of “Artefacts of Devotion: A Sufi Repertoire of the Qalandariyya in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, Pakistan”, published by the Ancient Asia Journal.
A renowned Sufi, Shahbaz Qalandar, whose shrine is in Sehwan Sharif has attracted numerous orientalists. Paying tribute to the Sufi saint, French scholar, Michel Boivin penned a book titled, “Artefacts of Devotion: A Sufi Repertoire of the Qalandariyya in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, Pakistan”. The book emphasizes the link between the Qalandariyya doctrine and the local and regional culture. It highlights how the flexibility of local discourse permits the Qalandariyya to mold local society, while also allowing it to reinterpret it in a regional context. Damani has critically reviewed Boivin’s work, evaluating its academic strengths and weaknesses.
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