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SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies

Ayesha A. Irani – Yoga for the Bengali Darveś: Prescriptions of the Jñāna Pradīpa, A Seventeenth-Century Sufi Practice Manual

January 29, 2024

19:00 UTC – 20:30 UTC

Location

Online webinar

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SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies is pleased to host Ayesha A. Irani, Associate Professor of Asian Studies at University of Massachusetts-Boston, for a lecture entitled “Yoga for the Bengali Darveś: Prescriptions of the Jñāna Pradīpa, A Seventeenth-Century Sufi Practice Manual.”

This paper focuses upon the Jñāna Pradīpa (“Lamp of Knowlege”), ascribed to Saiyad Sultān (fl. 1615–1645), the author of the Nabīvaṃśa (“The Prophet’s Lineage”). This Sufi practice manual provides insight into the devotional imaginaire and esoteric practices of the Bengali darveś. Reading the text in the context of other similar Islamic Bangla works suggests that the Sufis of Bengal employed various technologies of haṭha yoga and immortality practices that they recast within an Islamic framework.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://soas-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93839193380?pwd=L002ejV1dE5nbzNCaHRaYVF4S1hVUT09

Passcode: WnhbGGa9tf

We look forward to seeing you online!

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