Initiation: Hyderabad, 1989

  • David Pinault


“How do you feel about blood?” Akhtar glanced at me tentatively as he asked the question, then looked away. Nervous, he seemed.


Islamic Study Great Thirst Sufi Order Ritual Observance Ritual Mourning 
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  1. 1.
    D. T. Lindell, “Muharram in Hyderabad,” Al-Basheer: The Bulletin of the Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (Hyderabad) 3, no. 1 (Jan.–March 1974), 24.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    I first encountered the Persian text of this poem in a work by Bruce B. Lawrence, Notes From a Distant Flute: Sufi Literature in Pre-Mughal India (Teheran: Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy, 1978), 22.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Ahmad ibn al-Qasim ibn Abi Usaybi’ah, ‘Uyun al-anbafi tabaqat al-atibba’ (Beirut: Dar maktabat al-hayah, 1965), 642.Google Scholar

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