Beket Ata: Reimagination of Sainthood in Contemporary Kazakh Hagiographies

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This ethnographic study is based on the two field trips to the Aktau area, Western Ka-Kazakhstan, made in September 2018 and March 2019, in the framework of Ministry of Education Grant “Investment potential of the sacred geography of Kazakhstan: geo-space monitoring, IT technology and historical-cultural analysis in the production of an electronic atlas of the Republic” and French CETOBACK Institute project ‘Tribes and Scribes’. Article based on this research should be printed in 2020 both in French and English academic journals. My objective was to make participant observation at the shrines of modern Muslim saints Beket Ata and Shopan Ata during four days, and in the city of Aktau during four other days. In both places I collected interviews with locals and pilgrims as well as books in local shops documenting the hagiographic pro-cess on the two saints.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-167
Number of pages22
JournalArchives de Sciences Sociales des Religions
Issue number199
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2022


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