This volume provides a comprehensive view of the social transformation in early modern India between 1500 and 1750 by studying various Sufi movements. It covers a wide range of topics from Sufism and polity in the Afghan frontier to north Indian context and further to Deccan and the southernmost points of influence of the Mughals. Weaving together investigations of architecture with texts, migration of people, and the ethnographies and local histories, the author investigates community formation and inter-community contact. He reveals the tensions between mobility and locality through the ways Sufi Islam responded to demands of settlement by preserving the migrant bodies of blessed men and the shrines, texts and rituals that surrounded them. The book explores how Afghan, Mughal and Hindustani Muslims constructed new homelands while remembering distant places of origin. Central to this process were migrant Sufis and the hagiographical texts and architectural territories through which they preserved memory over time and anchored it to new spaces of settlement. The book offers bold new insights into Indian, Islamic and comparative early modern history.
This book will be an important reading for scholars, researchers, and students of early modern Indian history, Islamic studies, and religion particularly those interested in Sufism.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Nile Green is Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was previously a Milburn Research Fellow, Oxford University and Lecturer in South Asian Studies, Manchester University.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
1. Between Texts and Territories
2. The Migration of a Muslim Ritual
3. Tribe, Diaspora and Sainthood in Indo-Afghan History
4. Migrant Sufis and Sacred Space
5. The Patronage of Saintly Space in the Early Modern Deccan
6. The Uses of Books in a Late Mughal Takiyya
7. Brahmins and Sufis in a Landscape of Narratives
8. Re-membering History at the Shrines of Aurangabad