Devotion and affliction in the time of cholera: ritual healing, identity and resistance among Bengali Muslims

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604707
Title:
Devotion and affliction in the time of cholera: ritual healing, identity and resistance among Bengali Muslims
Authors:
Ferrari, Fabrizio M.
Abstract:
The chapter examines the worship of the cholera goddess Olā Bibi among Muslims of Bengal. Moving from an analysis of iconographic, mythical and ritual material, I investigate how Bengali Muslims have responded to the threat of cholera from early eighteenth century. The goddess has served as a catalyst to inform local identity and to challenge external agency in matter of disorder and social control. Yet while Bengali culture has facilitated a convergence of visions and programs in time of crisis (cholera epidemics and colonialism), the recent affirmation of militant Islamism has aggressively confronted indigenous healing practices thus causing major internal collisions in matter of community ethos, and a consequential loss of vernacular knowledge.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Ferrari, F. M. (2015). Devotion and affliction in the time of cholera: Ritual healing, identity and resistance among Bengali Muslims. In Vargas-O'Bryan, I. and Z. Xun (eds), Disease, religion and healing in Asia: Collaborations and collisions. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 37-53.
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604707
Additional Links:
https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138023659
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
9781138023659
Appears in Collections:
Theology and Religious Studies

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dc.contributor.authorFerrari, Fabrizio M.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-07T10:08:54Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-07T10:08:54Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationFerrari, F. M. (2015). Devotion and affliction in the time of cholera: Ritual healing, identity and resistance among Bengali Muslims. In Vargas-O'Bryan, I. and Z. Xun (eds), Disease, religion and healing in Asia: Collaborations and collisions. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 37-53.en
dc.identifier.isbn9781138023659en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604707en
dc.description.abstractThe chapter examines the worship of the cholera goddess Olā Bibi among Muslims of Bengal. Moving from an analysis of iconographic, mythical and ritual material, I investigate how Bengali Muslims have responded to the threat of cholera from early eighteenth century. The goddess has served as a catalyst to inform local identity and to challenge external agency in matter of disorder and social control. Yet while Bengali culture has facilitated a convergence of visions and programs in time of crisis (cholera epidemics and colonialism), the recent affirmation of militant Islamism has aggressively confronted indigenous healing practices thus causing major internal collisions in matter of community ethos, and a consequential loss of vernacular knowledge.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/products/9781138023659en
dc.subjectBengalen
dc.subjectIndiaen
dc.subjectcolonialismen
dc.subjecthealthen
dc.subjectepidemiologyen
dc.subjectcholeraen
dc.subjectIslamen
dc.subjectHinduismen
dc.titleDevotion and affliction in the time of cholera: ritual healing, identity and resistance among Bengali Muslimsen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
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dc.date.accepted2000-01-01en
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