Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus - Samina Quraeshi
In Sacred Spaces, Pakistani artist and educator Samina Quraeshi provides a locally inflected vision of Islam in South Asia that is enriched by art and by a woman’s perspective on the diversity of Islamic expressions of faith. This is a unique account of a journey through the author’s childhood homeland in search of the wisdom of the Sufis. The book reveals the deeply spiritual nature of major centres of Sufism in Pakistan and northern India. Quraeshi relies on memory, storytelling, and image-making to create an imaginative personal history and a rich body of photographs and works of art that reflect the seeking heart of the Sufi Way. Her vision builds on the centuries-old Sufi tradition of conveying mystical messages of love, freedom and tolerance with contributions from Ali S. Asani, Carl W. Ernst and Kamil Khan Mumtaz. Finalist, Religion in ForeWord’s 2009 Book of the Year Awards. Winner, General Trade Illustrated Book in 53rd New England Book Show Contest. Silver Medalist in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult.