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For many in the West, the ecstatic dancing ritual of whirling dervishes is the most recognizable aspect of Sufism. Sufism is the mystical branch of
Islam, with which Muslims throughout the world identify. It emphasizes direct knowledge of the divine within each person. Its adepts see meditation, music, song, and dance as integral to the spiritual quest.
The Chishti Sufi order is among the oldest and most popular of all Sufi traditions. Though most often identified with South Asia, today its devotees can be found from California to Kuala Lumpur. What are the distinctive practices of the Chishtis, and how do they differ from other orders? Who were the founding figures, and what were the seminal texts that provided the basis for this tradition? And how has this legacy continually been reinterpreted until the present day?
Sufi Martyrs of Love provides access to the voices of Sufi authorities through the translation of texts being offered in English for the first time. It also offers a critical perspective on Western attitudes toward
Islam and Sufism, confronts the prejudices of the academy and the media, and offers a clarification of the contemporary importance of Sufism from Asia to

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is a superb example of what subtly rigorous, questioning, and imaginative scholarship can contribute to inter-civilizational understanding - a goal that honours the Chishtis'own preoccupation with religious inclusiveness and tolerance." --Farhan Nizami, The Prince of Wales Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford

Sufi Martyrs of Love is particularly supple in its examination of intertwined topics like meditative practice, the complex role and nature of genealogies, the relation of tradition to tombs and shrines; the relation of the Chishti order to configurations of power--pre-colonial, colonial, and post colonial; and the pull between the the traditions homeland and its many and fascinating outposts or new centers. This is an outstanding book; it should be at the top of the reading list not only for Sufism but for comparative mysticism and the history of religions as well.
-- Michael Sells, Emily Judson Baugh and John Marshall Gest Professor of Comparative Religions, Haverford College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403960276
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: FIRST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl W. Ernst is Zachary Smith Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of Teachings of Sufism; The Shambhala Guide to Sufism; and Eternal Garden: Mysticism, History, and Politics at a South Asian Sufi Center.

Bruce B. Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Duke University. He is the author of Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence; New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life; and the translation of Morals for the Heart: Conversations of Shaykh Nizam ad-Din Awliya.

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Table of Contents

What is a Sufi Order?
• The Core Chishti Practices
• The Art of Ancestry
• The Chishti Masters
• Major Chishti Shrines
• Colonial Chishtis
• Modern Day Chishtis

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