Islamization and Native Faith in the Golden Horde: Baba Tükles and Conversion to Islam in Historical and Epic Tradition (Hermeneutics)


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This ebook is the initially substantial research of Islamization in any part of Internal Asia from any standpoint and the to start with to emphasize conversion narratives as crucial sources for being familiar with the dynamics of Islamization. Hard the prevailing notions of the mother nature of Islam in Inner Asia, it explores how conversion to Islam was woven together with indigenous Internal Asian spiritual values and thereby incorporated as a central and defining factor in popular discourse about communal origins and identity. The ebook traces the several echoes of a one conversion narrative as a result of six generations, the previously not known recounting of the remarkable “contest” in which the khan Özbek adopted Islam at the behest of a Sufi saint named Baba Tükles.

DeWeese supplies the English-language translation of this and one more text as perfectly as translations and analyses of a extensive vary of passages from historic sources and epic and folkloric supplies. Not only does this analyze deepen our knowing of the peoples of Central Asia, involved in so considerably turmoil nowadays, but it also offers a model for other scholars to emulate in seeking at the procedure of Islamization and communal spiritual conversion in standard as it transpired somewhere else in the environment.

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