Sanctifying Minority Status in the Himalayan Ummah

Eid al- Ghadeer Commemorations among the Shia in Leh, Ladakh

  • Rohit Singh
Keywords: Eid-al-Ghadeer, Islam, Ladakh, Shia, ummah


Drawing on ethnographic data, this article argues that the Shia in Leh, Ladakh employ religious ceremonies such as Eid al-Ghadeer to construct a sense of sacred community and a sanctified minority status within the Himalayan ummah. Religious discourses pertaining to minority-hood are central to how locals define and redefine themselves in the context of modernity in the Himalaya. Further, the ceremonial embrace of their minority status engenders discourses through which the Shia define their relationships to local Buddhists, local Sunnis, and broader global audiences.

How to Cite
Singh, R. (2018). Sanctifying Minority Status in the Himalayan Ummah. HIMALAYA - The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, 38(2), 76-89.
Special Section Research Article