Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance: Hymns of the Satpanth Ismaili Muslim Saint, Pir Shams (Mcgill Studies in the History of Religions)

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9780791425916: Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance: Hymns of the Satpanth Ismaili Muslim Saint, Pir Shams (Mcgill Studies in the History of Religions)

Coursing though cultures and time, tuneful verse has given moving expression to the human longing for the divine. As poetry strung on sweet melodies, hymns bear testimony to the religious life of the devout, and to the inspiring teachings of minstrels and saints. Such is the ginan tradition of the Satpanth Isma'ilis, Indian successors of the Fatand Nizari Isma'ili sect of the Shi'ah Muslims. Traditionally recited during daily ritual prayers, ginans have been revered for generations among the Satpanth Isma'ilis as sacred compositions.

This work offers for the first time an extensive translation of hymns attributed to the Isma'ili saint-composer, Pir Shams (ca. 13th century), who is at once one of the most pivotal and yet most enigmatic figures of this literary tradition. It also presents a cogent historical reconstruction of the beginnings of Satpanth Isma'ilism--a phase of Isma'ili history that has spanned over eight centuries.

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Tazim R. Kassam is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Religion at Middlebury College.

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I Have More Memories Than If I Had Lived A Thousand Years
Alas, I Have Been Struck By Love For You!
Beware! Beware That Wavering Mind, O Wary Ones
Birth After Birth They Became Manifest
Blessed, Indeed, Are You
Dazed! Dazed Like That Stunned Wasp
Do Not Cherish The World
Do Not Cherish The World
Do Not Make The Mistake Of
Drink Nectar Day And Night
Drink The Holy Water Sincerely Day And Night
For The Sake Of Religion
The Fourteen Jewels
From There We Came To Ucch, And, Indeed
Give Ear, O Mu'mins, Be Attentive And Listen
Giving An Order, The Lord Said
Go On The Pilgrimage
'the Golden-maned Lion Forgot His Own True Form'
The Guru Came Every Night
The Guru Came On The Seventh Night
The Guru Came The Econd Night
The Guru Came To The Dance
The Guru Himself Brought
The Guru Revealed The Path To The Astray
The Guru Says: Listen, O Careless Ones
The Guru Spoke His Sweet Words
Hear, O Brother! Listen, O Friend
The Heart Of The Guru, Yes, His Heart
How Does One Recognize The Satgur When One Meets Him
If You Walk On The True Path
In Reply, The Brahmin Challenged
In The City Of Love Lived King Manasudha
In The City Of Love Was King Manasudha
In The Scripture, It Is Written Thus
The King Has Summoned You
Know What Marvels The Shah
Know! Realize! Recognize The One Who Has Authority
Listen All You People, Followers Of The True Path
Listen To A Tale, O My Brothers
Listen, O Brothers, O Believers
Lo! The Nectar Of Divine Light Rains On Us
My Creator Built A Wondrous City
O Ascetic! Make The World Your Sack
O Ascetic! Make The World Your Sack
O Austere Ones
O Brother Believers! Listen To A Story Of Bazarre Times
O Brother! Be Prosperous (sufala) My Brother!
O Brother! Come Here And Speak Amicably
O Brother! He Turned Four Moments
O Brother! In Your Heart Is God
O Brother! The True Path That You Have Taken
O Brother! You Came From A Place On High
O Brothers! Darkness Will Follow Upon Darkness
O Devotee! I Heard This In A Dream
O Friend! Whatever You Do
O Hindus! Stop Going Aimlessly In Circles
O Lucky Ones Worship
O Lucky Ones! What Did You Bring With You
O Saheb! Be Compassionate! My Master! Bestow Mercy!
O Soul! Cast Off Your Attraction
O Swami, In Your Meadow
O Trader! The Five Are In Pursuit Of You
On The Beautiful Day Of The New Year
On The Eighth Night The Townsfolk Came
On The Eighth Night The Townsfolk Came
On The Ninth Night The Guru Himself Came
One Who Can Cradle Mountains In A Hand
Perform Daily The Worship Of Ghat
The Pir Came, Yes He Came, Hay Allah, He Came
The Pir Dances And Recites Wisdom
Pir Shams Left
Pir Shams Says, Listen, O Brothers! Listen, O Believers!
Queen Surja Said
Repeat The Word Day And Night
Rouse Yourselves In The Service Of The Shah
Sacrifice A Tenth, O Friend, And Surrender Your Life
The Saheb Has Sent Surbhan
Satgur Shams Said
Satgur Shams Says: O Careless Ones
Satgur Shams Then Departed
Satgur Shams Uttered This Speech
Search For Goodness Here, Search For Goodness
Shah, The Lord Of The Three Worlds
Take The Rosary In Your Hand
Then He Played The Melody Of That Ginan
There The Guru Imparted Wisdom
They Entered The Country Bengal
They Went To The Devotees
This Garbi Completes The Cycle Of Garbis
Those Who Followed The Guru's Words
Thousands Of Husbands Sleep Easy
Today This Mind Has Attained Bliss
True Is My Maker, Creator Of The World
Two Brothers Candrabhan And Surbhan
Understand As Truth The Sacred Speech
The Universe Is In My Heart, And Allah Resides With It
Upon The Order Of Lord Qasim Shah
Vimras And Surbhan Said
Waken Day And Night To Perform Meritorious Deeds
We Will Not Come To The Town
Westward In The Land Of Iraq In The Peninsula Of Svetadvipa
When The Ghat Is Established According To Religion
When The Last Night Arrived
Yes Sir! There The Swami Raja Mounts The Horse Duldul
You Are My Swami, O Everlasting And Eternal
You Are The Truth, You The Holy, The King
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