Eternal Garden: Mysticism, History, and Politics at a South Asian Sufi Center

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"Eternal Garden traces the early history of Chishti Sufism in India through rare fourteenth-century textual sources in Persian preserved in Sufi shrines in the medieval town of Khuldabad, a major center of pilgrimage in the Deccan." "These manuscripts reveal the mystical teachings and practices of the Chishti Sufi order as taught by the Shaykh Burhan al-Din Gharib (d. 1337) and his disciples. The texts delineate diverse historiographical approaches to the political history of the medieval period which are in some ways strikingly different from the standard view of early Sufi history that developed in North India. Eternal Garden covers themes ranging from a discussion of Sufism and Islam in India, the political involvement of the early Chishti masters in Khuldabad, to the role of Sufi shrines in Indian politics by the late nineteenth century." "This book demonstrates the role of the Sufi tradition as a formidable resource for the religious and social history of early Indian Islam. It not only addresses issues within the study of Sufism, but also portrays the non-religious character of the Indo-Muslim state. According to the author, some of this work has inappropriately politicized texts to reflect contemporary social issues. With an in-depth textual analysis, he attempts to restore the original political context to the sources under consideration." Updated with a new preface detailing the advances in the study of Sufism, the second edition of this volume will be informative for scholars of Islam, Indology, history, and comparative religion, and also for the lay reader interested in Sufism and its history.
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Drawing on rare Persian manuscripts in Sufi shrines in a center of medieval pilgrimage in southern India, Ernst (religion, Pomona College, Claremont, California) reveals the beliefs and practices of the Chishti Sufi order as taught by the ecstatic Shaykh Burhan al-Din Gharib (d. 1337). On the way, he touches on some major issues in the study of the regions history and religion. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. I Historiographical orientation : Sufism and Islam in South Asia
1 Sufism 5
2 Historiographies of Islam in India 18
3 Religion and empire in the Delhi Sultanate 38
4 The textual formation of oral teachings in the early Chishti order 62
5 The interpretation of the Sufi biographical tradition in India 85
Pt. II Chishti Sufism at Khuldabad
6 From Delhi to the Deccan 97
7 Burhan al-Din Gharib's establishment and teaching 118
8 The Indian environment and the question of conversion 155
Pt. III The Khuldabad Sufis in history
9 Political relations of the Khuldabad Chishtis 191
10 Political history of the Khuldabad shrines 201
11 Khuldabad as a sacred center in the local context 227
Pt. IV Conclusions
Pt. V Appendixes
A A Sufi bookshelf : the bibliography of Rukn al-Din Dabir Kashani 251
B A fifteenth-century revenue memorandum 264
C Mughul and Deccan farmans from Khuldabad 273
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