Abstract

Qalandarīyyat is a recent spiritual manifestation. It claims to be a Sufi expression of spirituality. Punjab witnesses the flourishment of this cult in the recent past. It appeals the audiences by presenting the traditional symbols of spirituality with a popular rearrangement. It is attracting a considerable number of people from lower and middle classes in Punjab. Present paper argues that this cult still has to accredit itself as a formal tradition. This accreditation demands structural maturity and strength which is based on the socio-economic and political connections of certain cult within a society. This paper explains the expression of Qalandarīyyat which give a popular orientation to the certain traditional concepts regarding spiritual time and space. It also presents the emerging patterns out of Qalandarī practices. The concluding part narrates that although this cult has been successful in creating an alternative spiritual activity yet it still lacks the formal social recognition.

Keyword(s)

QalandarīyyatSufismPunjabPilgrimage