Sufi Martyrs of Love: The Chishti Order in South Asia and Beyond

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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 ...
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Overview

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 America.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781403960269
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/4/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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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

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Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 What is a Sufi Order? 11
2 The Core Chishti Practices 27
3 The Art of Ancestry 47
4 The Chishti Masters 64
5 Major Chishti Shrines 85
6 Colonial Chishtis 105
7 Modern Day Chishtis 129
App The Earliest Chishti Masters: Anniversaries and Select Biographies 147
Notes 189
Bibliography on the Chishtiyya: European Language Sources 209
Select Bibliography on the Chishtiyya: Persian and Urdu Sources 223
Index of Names and Glossary of Terms 237
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