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
     
 

Reveals the mystical teachings and practices of the Chishti Sufi order as taught by the ecstatic Shaykh Burhan al-Din Gharib (d. 1337) and his disciples.Ernst’s research, based on rare Persian manuscripts preserved in Sufi shrines in the medieval town of Khuldabad, a major center of pilgrimage in the Indian Deccan, reveals the mystical teachings and

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Reveals the mystical teachings and practices of the Chishti Sufi order as taught by the ecstatic Shaykh Burhan al-Din Gharib (d. 1337) and his disciples.Ernst’s research, based on rare Persian manuscripts preserved in Sufi shrines in the medieval town of Khuldabad, a major center of pilgrimage in the Indian Deccan, reveals the mystical teachings and practices of the Chishti Sufi order as taught by the ecstatic Shaykh Burhan al-Din Gharib (d. 1337) and his disciples. The book clarifies the diverse historiographical approaches found in an array of narratives. It redefines major topics in the often emotionally charged study of religion and history in South Asia, and it raises provocative theses on much-argued topics such as the basis of Islamic political power in South Asia and the alleged roles of Sufis as warriors and missionaries.

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

Illustrations

Foreword by Annemarie Schimmel

Preface and Acknowledgments

PART I: Historical Orientation: Sufism and Islam in South Asia

1. Sufism

The Sufi Tradition
Sufism in Islamic Society

2. Historiographies of Islam in India

The Problem of Nationalist Historigraphy
Medieval Islamic Views of India
Medieval Indian Views of Islam

3. Religion and Empire in the Delhi Sultanate

Persian Kingship and the Indo-Muslim State
Non-Muslims and the Sultanate
Sultanate and Caliphate
Sultanate Imperialism and Sufism

4. The Textual Formation of Oral Teachings in the Early Chishti Order

From Oral Teaching to Written Text in Sufism
The Foundation of the Chishti
Malfuzat Literature: Nizam al-Din
The Elaboration of the
Malfuzat Tradition: Chiragh-i Dihli
The Elaboration of the
Malfuzat Tradition: Burhan al-Din Gharib
The Problem of "Inauthentic"
Malfuzat

5. The Interpretation of the Sufi Biographical Tradition in India

PART II: Chishti Sufism at Khuldabad

6. From Delhi to the Deccan

The Historiography of Sufism in the Deccan
Sufism and the Turkish Conquest of the Deccan

7. Burhan al-Din Gharib's Establishment and Teaching

The Khalifa of Nizam al-Din
The Sufi Master
Teachings and Practices
The Disciples
Sama': Listening to Music

8. The Indian Environment and the Question of Conversion

PART III: The Khuldabad Sufis in History

9. Political Relations of the Khuldabad Chishtis

10. Political History of the Khuldabad Shrines

The Bahmani Sultans
The Faruqis of Khandesh
The Mughuls and Nizams

11. Khuldabad as a Sacred Center in the Local Context

The Khuldabad-Burhanpur Axis
The Local Saints of Khuldabad

PART IV: ConclusionsPART V: Appendixes

A. A Sufi Bookshelf: The Bibliography of Rukn al-Din Dabir Kashani

B. A Fifteenth-Century Revenue Memorandum

C. Mughul and Deccan Farmans from Khuldabad

Notes

Bibliography

Index of Names

Index of Terms and Subjects

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