The Major Chishti Shrines

  • Carl W. Ernst
  • Bruce B. Lawrence


The extreme devotion paid to particular saints’ tombs is confusing to many Muslims as well as non-Muslims. It is well known that in the Islamic tradition the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is of paramount importance, but local and sectarian forms of pilgrimage to tombs (Arabic ziyara, Persian ziyarat) are also widely practiced. Pilgrimage to the tombs of the Shi’i martyrs is an important feature of Shi’i piety, and across the Islamic world, from Morocco to Chinese Turkestan, the tombs of the saints are the resort of Muslims of many varying backgrounds.


Muslim Woman Mystical Experience Islamic Tradition Royal Court Hajj Pilgrimage 
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