This book represents the first serious consideration of Ismaili-Shia esotericism in material and architectural terms, as well as of pre-modern conceptions of religious plurality in rituals and astrology. Sufism has long been reckoned to have connections to Shi'ism, but without any concrete proof. The book shows this connection in light of current scholarly work on the subject, historical sources, and most importantly, metaphysics and archaeological evidence. The monuments of the Suhrawardi Order, which are derived from the basic lodges set up by Pir Shams in the region, constitute a unique building archetype. The book's greatest strength lies in its archaeological evidence and in showing the metaphysical commonalities between Shi'ism/Isma'ilism and the Suhrawardi Sufi Order, both of which complement each other. In addition, working on premise and supposition, certain reanalysed historical periods and events in Indian Muslim history serve as added proof for the author's argument.
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About the Author
Hasan Ali Khan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Habib University Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan. Trained as an architect, he worked with the Pakistani architect and planner Arif Hasan before gaining a PhD in Arts and Humanities from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His doctorate looked at the beliefs, history and architecture of the Suhrawardi Sufi Order in Multan and Uch between 1200 and 1500. He has taught at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, and the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, has been involved with two major research projects, and is part of the French Interdisciplinary Mission, an ongoing project headed by Dr Michel Boivin of the Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS) working on the history and culture of Sehwan Sharif. Dr Khan's research interests include religious studies, Islamic studies and, more specifically, the Alevi community in Turkey.
Table of ContentsList of figures; Foreword Francis Robinson; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Suhrawardi Order; 2. Shams; 3. The Suhrawardi Order in Uch; 4. The Wilayat of 'Ali in Twelver Shi'ism, Sufism and 123 the religion of the medieval Isma'ilis; 5. Multan; 6. The Da'wa and Suhrawardi monuments at Uch; Conclusion; Glossary; Notes on referencing; Bibliography; Interviews and fieldwork; Appendices; Index.