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Fragile ConvictionChanging Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan$
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Mathijs Pelkmans

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705137

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705137.001.0001

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Walking the Truth in Islam with the Tablighi Jamaat

Walking the Truth in Islam with the Tablighi Jamaat

(p.102) 4 Walking the Truth in Islam with the Tablighi Jamaat
Fragile Conviction

Mathijs Pelkmans

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Tablighi techniques that are intended to make and keep ideas relevant, believable, and embodied. Tablighi Jamaat is a conservative Islamic piety movement that has made significant inroads into Kyrgyzstan since the 1990s. Movements such as the Tablighi Jamaat recognize the pulsating quality of faith and have devised their own strategies to combat the dissipation of conviction. Their central energizing practice is called dawat, or proselytizing tour. This chapter first provides a background on dawatchis (participants in dawat, or “travelers”) in Kyrgyzstan before discussing the “route there,” which sets in motion a process of detachment and separation from everyday life that allows for the formation of communitas. It also considers the importance of storytelling to the success of dawat.

Keywords:   dawat, Tablighi Jamaat, Islam, Kyrgyzstan, faith, conviction, proselytizing tour, dawatchis, communitas, storytelling

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