The Friends of God Sufi Saints In Islam
Author : Jürgen Wasim Frembgen
Paperback, 168 Pages, Jan 2012
Modern poster-portraits depicting Sufi saints and their shrines are a vivid medium of piety and devotion. These colourful, visually fascinating and powerful prints are particularly signifi cant for the study of contemporary views of the South Asian Sufi tradition shared by the common people. Unfolding a world of imagination, they reflect the visual aesthetics of folk art and pop art steeped in exuberance and playfulness. Through comprehensive documentation and analysis, this book aims to introduce the genre of popular Sufi poster art for the first time to a wider readership.
|About the Author / Editor|
|Juergen Wasim Frembgen is Chief Curator of the Oriental Department at the Museum of Ethnology in Munich as well as Privatdozent (Private Lecturer) in Islamic Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. Since 1981 he is teaching anthropology and Islamic Studies at different universities in Germany; in addition he had been a visiting lecturer at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad (National Institute of Pakistan Studies), the National College of Arts in Lahore as well as Ohio State University in Columbus, OH/USA. Since 1981 he is annually conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan (for instance in Nager and Hunza/Karakoram, Indus Kohistan, Punjab and Sindh). His numerous exhibitions and major publications include “The Scent of Roses and the Sheen of Sabres. Islamic Art and Culture of the Mughal Period” (1996), “Journey to God. Sufis and Dervishes in Islam” (2000), and “Food for the Soul – Worlds of Islam” (2003). He has published over ninety articles and fifteen books and catalogues, many of which deal with Islam, Sufism, veneration of Muslim saints, material culture, the anthropology of the body, social outsiders, and popular culture in the Eastern Muslim world between Iran and India, particularly focusing on Pakistan.|