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Lecture: “Sufism in the Delhi Sultanate as a “Social Field”: An Experimental Approach for Analyzing the Sociocultural History of Sufism” with Prof. Ayako Ninomiya (Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo)

March 27, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This presentation is a brief introduction of a larger project to analyze the development of Sufism as a composite of social and cultural institutions during the Delhi Sultanate period (1206-1526 CE), through applying a set of “thinking tools” of Bourdieu’s theory of practice. The presentation defines Sufism during the Delhi Sultanate period as a field, i.e., a ‘social space’ – like, for example, politics, education, arts, science – which is relatively autonomous from other fields and has its own unique set of beliefs, rules, practices, and capital [Thompson 2014]. The presentation first explains the basic components – practices and forms of capital – in the field of Sufism, and then analyzes how these practices prompted further institutionalization of Sufism during the Delhi Sultanate period.

Ayako Ninomiya is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, 2018-19.

Sponsored by the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the UNC Religious Studies.


Wednesday, March 27 | 4:00 p.m.

Murphey 118

UNC Chapel Hill


March 27, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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