Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century: Saints, Books and Empires in the Muslim Deccan

Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century: Saints, Books and Empires in the Muslim Deccan

by Nile Green
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415390400

ISBN-13: 9780415390408

Pub. Date: 06/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Sufism is often regarded as standing mystically aloof from its wider cultural settings. By turning this perspective on its head, Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century reveals the politics and poetry of Indian Sufism through the study of Islamic sainthood in the midst of a cosmopolitan Indian society comprising migrants, soldiers, litterateurs and

Overview

Sufism is often regarded as standing mystically aloof from its wider cultural settings. By turning this perspective on its head, Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century reveals the politics and poetry of Indian Sufism through the study of Islamic sainthood in the midst of a cosmopolitan Indian society comprising migrants, soldiers, litterateurs and princes.

Placing the mystical traditions of Indian Islam within their cultural contexts, this interesting study focuses on the shrines of four Sufi saints in the neglected Deccan region and their changing roles under the rule of the Mughals, the Nizams of Haydarabad and, after 1948, the Indian nation. In particular Green studies the city of Awrangabad, examining the vibrant intellectual and cultural history of this city as part of the independent state of Haydarabad. He employs a combination of historical texts and anthropological fieldwork, which provide a fresh perspective on developments of devotional Islam in South Asia over the past three centuries, giving a fuller understanding of Sufism and Muslim saints in South Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415390408
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Routledge Sufi Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
15.20(w) x 23.60(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgements     xvii
A note on transliteration and names     xxi
List of abbreviations     xxiii
Map 1     xxv
Muslim mystics in an age of empire: the Sufis of Awrangabad     1
The poetry and politics of sainthood in a Mughal successor state     46
The Sufis in the shadow of a new empire     82
Saints, rebels and revivalists     103
The Awrangabad saints in the new India     134
Conclusions     158
Glossary     162
Notes     164
Bibliography     186
Index     200

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