:: Book Review : Travellers in Faith


A useful account of the travelling fraternity

By Abdar-Rahman KoyaTravellers in Faith: Studies of the Tablighi Jama’at as a Transnational Islamic Movement for Faith Renewal edited by Muhammad Khalid Masud.

Pub: Brill Academic Publishers, Boston, US, 2000. Pp. 268.Hbk: $103.00

 

Mention of the Tablighi Jama’at often conjures up images of ascetic Muslims with long beards and loose dresses. Such steoreotyping is not always inaccurate. Those who attend Tablighi groups have been unconsciously trained during their many gatherings in local mosques to dress and behave in a homogenous manner. Sadly, this outer appearance is about the only aspect of this Islamic movement that most outside the fold know. Its history, ideology and methodology are rarely mentioned at Islamic forums or studies.

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