This collection aims to demonstrate that rigorous historical analysis should lead to a better understanding of socio-political developments in their respective historical contexts. Beginning with an overview of the expansion of Islam in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, it goes on to discover the pearls of wisdom on the art of governance through a perceptive study of historical works and didactic literature, and Islamic "Mirrors for Princes." It then introduces the reader to the spiritual life of the Naqshbandi Sufis and provides glimpses of their lives, as they lived. Against the backdrop of political crises and social disorder during the later period of Mughal rule, it adeptly portrays the role of Naqshbandi Sufis and 'ulama' in spearheading the revitalization and genuine understanding of the practices of Islam. The ascendancy of Shi'ism in Emperor Jahangir's administration (1606-1627), is amply demonstrated in an account of the rise of Baqir Najm-i Sani, a Shi'i émigré from Iran to India - a man of sword and pen - who rose to become a powerful noble in Jahangir's administration (1605-1627). Over hundred years later, as the Mughal Empire declined, sectarian squabbles between Shi'is and Sunnis are succinctly captured in an analysis of the discourses of Naqshbandi Sufis and Sunni 'ulama's.
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About the Author
Sajida Sultana Alvi is Professor of Indo-Islamic History and holder of Chair in Urdu Language and Culture at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Table of Contents
I. History and Historiography:
Islam in South Asia.
The Muslim Almanac: A Reference Work on the History, Faith, Culture, and Peoples of Islam, Azim Nanji, ed., (Gale Research Inc., 1995), 55-72.
"Mazhar-i Shahjahani and the Mughal Province of Sind: A Discourse on Political Ethics." Islam and Indian Regions, Texts, Beitrage zur Sudasienforschung Sudasien-Institut Universitat Heidelberg, 145, Anna.L. Dallapiccola & Stephanie Z. Lallemant, eds., (Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, 1993), vol. 1, 239-258.
"Tariikh-i Husayniyah: An Unknown Source for the History of Awadh." Der Islam. Hamburg, West Germany, 58, 1(1981): 136-146.
"The Historians of Awangzeb: A Comparative Study of Three Primary Sources." Essays on Islamic Civilization Presented to Niyazi Berkes, D.P. Little, ed., (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1976), 57-73.
II. Islam, Sufism, Islamic Resurgence and Revitalization:
"Islamic Renewal and Reform in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century-Northern India: Discourses of the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidis in their Sociopolitcal context" (Unpublished, 30 pages single space)
The Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi Order's Ascendancy in Central Asia Through the Eyes of its Masters and Disciples (1010s-1200s/1600s-1800s), Reason and Inspiration in Islam: Essays in Honour of Hermann Landolt, Todd Lawson, ed., (London: B. Tauris, 2005), 418-431.
"The Mujaddid and Tajdid Traditions in the Indian Subcontinent: An Historical Overview." Journal of Turkish Studies (Schimmel Festschrift), Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 18 (1994): 1-15.
"Qazi Sana'-Allah Panipati, An Eighteenth-Century Indian Sufi-'Alim: A Study of His Writings in Their Sociopolitical Context." Islamic Studies Presented to Charles J. Adams, W. Hallaq & D. Little, eds., (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1991), 11-25.
III. Religion and Politics, Sufis and Sunni 'Ulama's Discourses on Shi'ism
"Religion and State during the Reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1605-27): Nonjuristical Perspectives." Studia Islamica, Paris, France, 69(1989): 95-119.
"Shi'ism in India during Jahangir's Reign: Some Reflections." Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society. Karachi, Pakistan, 27, 1(1979): 39-65.
"Sufi and Sunni 'Ulama's Discourses on Shi'ism in Eighteenth Century - The Century of Intellectual and Spiritual Resurgence and Renewal." (Unpublished, 25 pages).