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

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

by Carl W. Ernst
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791408841

ISBN-13: 9780791408841

Pub. Date: 03/28/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

"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.…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791408841
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Series:
SUNY Series in Muslim Spirituality in South Asia
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. IHistoriographical orientation : Sufism and Islam in South Asia
1Sufism5
2Historiographies of Islam in India18
3Religion and empire in the Delhi Sultanate38
4The textual formation of oral teachings in the early Chishti order62
5The interpretation of the Sufi biographical tradition in India85
Pt. IIChishti Sufism at Khuldabad
6From Delhi to the Deccan97
7Burhan al-Din Gharib's establishment and teaching118
8The Indian environment and the question of conversion155
Pt. IIIThe Khuldabad Sufis in history
9Political relations of the Khuldabad Chishtis191
10Political history of the Khuldabad shrines201
11Khuldabad as a sacred center in the local context227
Pt. IVConclusions
Pt. VAppendixes
AA Sufi bookshelf : the bibliography of Rukn al-Din Dabir Kashani251
BA fifteenth-century revenue memorandum264
CMughul and Deccan farmans from Khuldabad273

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