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Sufi and Bhakti Performers and Followers at the Margins of the Global South: Communication Strategies to Negotiate Situated Adversities

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Religions 2019, 10(3), 206; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030206
Received: 13 January 2019 / Revised: 12 March 2019 / Accepted: 15 March 2019 / Published: 18 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religious Freedom in the Global South)
Throughout the globe (particularly in the global South), religious orthodoxy and their discriminatory intolerances are negatively impacting religious freedom of underserved populations, particularly those who practice/follow alternate spiritual praxis, like the Sufi and Bhakti performers from rural and geographically remote spaces of South Asia. Hindu and Islamic fundamentalist discourses/doctrines are propagating their conservative religious agendas and thereby creating tensions and separatism across the subcontinent. Such religious extremism is responsible for the threatening and even murdering of nonsectarian torchbearers, and their free thoughts. This study focused on various alternate communication strategies espoused by Sufi and bhakti performers and followers in order to negotiate and overcome their marginalized existence as well as to promote the plurality of voices and values in the society. This article identified the following communication strategies—innovative usages of language of inversion or enigmatic language; strategic camouflaging of authors’/writers’ identity, and intergenerational communication of discourses and spiritual values to ensure freedom and survival of their traditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sufi; bhakti; South Asia; enigmatic language; performance Sufi; bhakti; South Asia; enigmatic language; performance
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Dutta, U. Sufi and Bhakti Performers and Followers at the Margins of the Global South: Communication Strategies to Negotiate Situated Adversities. Religions 2019, 10, 206. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030206

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Dutta U. Sufi and Bhakti Performers and Followers at the Margins of the Global South: Communication Strategies to Negotiate Situated Adversities. Religions. 2019; 10(3):206. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030206

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Dutta, Uttaran. 2019. "Sufi and Bhakti Performers and Followers at the Margins of the Global South: Communication Strategies to Negotiate Situated Adversities" Religions 10, no. 3: 206. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030206

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