From Bawa to Maryam: Pilgrimages and Shrines in the Fellowship Communities-M. Shobhana Xavier


Monday, November 9, 2015 - 4:15pm
Linderman Library, Room 200

The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship (BMF) is an American Sufi movement that developed based on the teachings of Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (d. 1986). This movement developed in parallel to its Sri Lankan counterpart, the Serendib Sufi Study Circle (SSSC). At the center of both of these institutions are shrines (mazar) devoted to Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, one located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and the other in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan shrine is also dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. In mapping the movement of pilgrims and devotees between these two sacred shrines, this presentation captures the complexities of "authentic" Sufi practices and traditions as they are negotiated by the diverse disciples of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and thus  complicate any singular approach to Sufism in the communities of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. 


M. Shobhana Xavier is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin & Marshall College 




Lehigh University - Global Center for Islamic Studies - Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship - M. Shobhana Xavier

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