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The Architectural Heritage as a Projection of Competition and Negotiation

Shared Muslim-Vīraśaiva Sacred Sites in Northern Karnataka. A Preliminary Approach

Sara Mondini    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



Recent studies have reported that the mausoleum of Aḥmad Shāh I Bahmanī (r. 1422-1436), in Ashtur (Karnataka), is frequented by both Muslims and Vīraśaivas. Now, setting out from the pilgrimage performed on the occasion of the sovereign’s ʿurs, the aim of the present contribution is to analyze some of the architectural sites that are touched by the pilgrimage, and to examine how their spaces are understood and perceived by the devotees. The paper aims to shed light on the coexistence of these two religious groups and on the way in which certain forms of competition and negotiation have come to be transposed onto the cultural and historical landscape.

June 30, 2020
June 3, 2020
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Keywords: Shared sacred sitesVīraśaivaPilgrimageIndo-Islamic architectureBahmanī dynastySacred geography

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