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Introduction

Tony K. Stewart

in Fabulous Females and Peerless Pirs

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165296
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195165292.003.0001
 Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the eight tales in this volume. The stories celebrate Satya Pīr, a figure of religious power who is nominally both Muslim and Hindu; they vault women or their offspring into heroic roles as the men flounder in uncertainty and helplessness; they play with gender distinctions, all in an effort to comment, critique, and even stretch the traditional values reaffirmed in the conclusions of each tale. The perpetuation of cultural narratives in South Asia and the sectarian literatures of Satya Pīr are also discussed.

Keywords: Satya Pīr; women; cultural narratives; South Asian folk tales; Muslim; Hindu; gender; religion; Bangla

Chapter.  9854 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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