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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