História (São Paulo)
On-line version ISSN 1980-4369
CHAGAS, Gisele Fonseca. "Being decesead in shaykh's hands": Sufism and the masculinity productions in a sufi damascene network. História [online]. 2012, vol.31, n.1, pp.145-162. ISSN 1980-4369. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-90742012000100009.
This article aims to explore, ethnographically, ideas and types of Muslim masculinities constructed from the relationship between master and disciple in Sufism, one of mystic current of Islam. The issues raised here can be best understood as having an initial character, exploratory, they will be analyzed first from the viewpoint of "masculinity", here taken as a fluid category, which has a history and that is contextually constructed. It is expected to contribute to the debate on the issue, aware that the following analysis requires more discussion and elaboration. To this end, ethnographic data analyzed here are the result of fourteen months of fieldwork from 2009 to 2010 in Damascus, Syria, along with the members of Kuftariyya, an important local Sufi network.
Keywords : Sufism; masculinities; Syria.