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Life and position of woman in dervish community


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Tkalčić, Žana. (2018). Life and position of woman in dervish community. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. [mentor Belaj, Marijana].

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This thesis deals with the affirmation of women in the dervish community with the focus on women’s role in it, their way of dressing, and the differences between men and women in the daily obligations as well as in religious ceremonies. Apart from the differences between men and women, this paper also analyses the differences between women who are members of the dervish order, so called dervishes, and those who are not dervishes. The aim of this master thesis is to explore the life and position of a full-fledged member of the dervish community on the example of two dervish communities, the order of rifai in Rijeka and the dervish nakshibend order in Sarajevo. The research was conducted to investigate how dervish women become full members of the dervish order and their rights and obligations in the dervish community. Furthermore, research deals with the power relations between fullfledged male and female members of the selected dervish ranks, as well as between dervishes and non-dervishes who live in the dervish community. The aim of this research is to answer the question how dervish community functions as a whole, including its secular and spiritual side, to explain their ritual customs and characterize the role of women in it. The work is structured to explain the features of Sufism as an integral part of Islam, the research methodology, the position of women in dervish community and Islam, and the field research of the dervish order of rifai in the Roma settlement Pehlin in Rijeka. Furthermore, the field research included attending the dervish ritual associated with a deceased female member and the description of the initiation rites of dervishes. In addition to literature analysis related to the position of women in Islam, as well as literature and materials related to the dervish community in general, thesis is based on ethnographic field research using observation and semi-structured interviews. The paper emphasizes the ethnography of the position and life of dervish in order to contribute to the still unknown and relatively undiscovered topic, the life of dervish communities.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: dervish, rifai, nakshibend, Sufism, Islam
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Supervisor: Belaj, Marijana
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 10:11
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2018 10:11

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