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Title Muslim Saints of South Asia
Author Anna Suvorova
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2004-07-22
Category Political Science
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781134370054
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book studies the veneration practices and rituals of the Muslim saints. It outlines principal trends of the main Sufi orders in India, the profiles and teachings of the famous and less known saints, and the development of pilgrimage to their tombs in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A detailed discussion of the interaction of the Hindu mystic tradition and Sufism shows the polarity between the rigidity of the orthodox and the flexibility of the popular Islam in South Asia.

Muslim Saints Of South Asia by Anna Aronovna Suvorova

Title Muslim Saints of South Asia
Author Anna Aronovna Suvorova
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2004
Category Electronic books
Total Pages 244
ISBN 0203354222
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book studies the veneration practices and rituals of the Muslim saints. It outlines trends of the main Sufi orders in India, the profiles and teachings of the famous and less known saints, and the development of pilgrimages.

Title Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century
Author Nile Green
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2006-09-27
Category Religion
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781134168248
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sufism is often regarded as standing mystically aloof from its wider cultural settings. By turning this perspective on its head, Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century reveals the politics and poetry of Indian Sufism through the study of Islamic sainthood in the midst of a cosmopolitan Indian society comprising migrants, soldiers, litterateurs and princes. Placing the mystical traditions of Indian Islam within their cultural contexts, this interesting study focuses on the shrines of four Sufi saints in the neglected Deccan region and their changing roles under the rule of the Mughals, the Nizams of Haydarabad and, after 1948, the Indian nation. In particular Green studies the city of Awrangabad, examining the vibrant intellectual and cultural history of this city as part of the independent state of Haydarabad. He employs a combination of historical texts and anthropological fieldwork, which provide a fresh perspective on developments of devotional Islam in South Asia over the past three centuries, giving a fuller understanding of Sufism and Muslim saints in South Asia.

Title Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sufis
Author N. Hanif
Publisher Sarup & Sons
Release Date 2000
Category Sufis
Total Pages 403
ISBN 8176250872
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Islam in South Asia
Author Amit Dey
Publisher Parul Prakashani Private Limited
Release Date 2016
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9789385555671
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Scholarly, insightful and, at the same time, written in an exceptionally lucid style, this book challenges certain stereotypes relating to Islam, Sufism, folk songs and inter community relations in the South Asian context. By consulting Persian, Urdu, Bengali and English sources, this book suggests that Sufism is more heterogeneous and complex than what is commonly taken to be.

Sultans Shamans And Saints by Howard M. Federspiel

Title Sultans Shamans and Saints
Author Howard M. Federspiel
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Release Date 2007-01-31
Category Religion
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780824864521
Language English, Spanish, and French
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By the fourteenth century the Islamic faith had spread via maritime trade routes to Southeast Asia where, over the next seven hundred years, it would have a continuing influence on political life, social customs, and the development of the arts. Sultans, Shamans, and Saints looks at Islam in Southeast Asia during four major eras: its arrival (to 1300), the first flowering of Islamic identity (1300–1800), the era of imperialism (1800–1945), and the era of independent nation-states (1945–2000). Ranging across the humanities and social sciences, this balanced and accessible work emphasizes the historical development of Southeast Asia’s accommodation of Islam and the creation of its distinctive regional character. Each chapter opens with a general background summary that places events in the greater Asian/Southeast Asian context, followed by an overview of prominent ethnic groups, political events, customs and cultures, religious factors, and art forms. Sultans, Shamans, and Saints will be of great value to students and researchers specializing in the study of Islam and the comparative study of Muslim societies and culture. It will also be useful to those with a world-systems approach to the study of history and globalization.

Title Islam Sufism and Everyday Politics of Belonging in South Asia
Author Deepra Dandekar
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2016-09-13
Category Social Science
Total Pages 366
ISBN 9781317435969
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book looks at the study of ideas, practices and institutions in South Asian Islam, commonly identified as ‘Sufism’, and how they relate to politics in South Asia. While the importance of Sufism for the lives of South Asian Muslims has been repeatedly asserted, the specific role played by Sufism in contestations over social and political belonging in South Asia has not yet been fully analysed. Looking at examples from five countries in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan), the book begins with a detailed introduction to political concerns over ‘belonging’ in relation to questions concerning Sufism and Islam in South Asia. This is followed with sections on Producing and Identifying Sufism; Everyday and Public Forms of Belonging; Sufi Belonging, Local and National; and Intellectual History and Narratives of Belonging. Bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines, the book explores the connection of Islam, Sufism and the Politics of Belonging in South Asia. It is an important contribution to South Asian Studies, Islamic Studies and South Asian Religion.

Modern Sufis And The State by Katherine Pratt Ewing

Title Modern Sufis and the State
Author Katherine Pratt Ewing
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2020-08-25
Category Religion
Total Pages 344
ISBN 9780231551465
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sufism is typically thought of as the mystical side of Islam. In recent years, it has been held up as a supposedly peaceful alternative to the spread of forms of Islam associated with violence, an embodiment of democratic ideals of tolerance and pluralism. Are Sufis in fact as otherworldy and apolitical as this stereotype suggests? Modern Sufis and the State brings together a range of scholars, including anthropologists, historians, and religious-studies specialists, to challenge common assumptions that are made about Sufism today. Focusing on India and Pakistan within a broader global context, this book provides locally grounded accounts of how Sufis in South Asia have engaged in politics from the colonial period to the present. Contributors foreground the effects and unintended consequences of efforts to link Sufism with the spread of democracy and consider what roles scholars and governments have played in the making of twenty-first-century Sufism. They critique the belief that Salafism and Sufism are antithetical, offering nuanced analyses of the diversity, multivalence, and local embeddedness of Sufi political engagements and self-representations in Pakistan and India. Essays question the portrayal of Sufi shrines as sites of toleration, peace, and harmony, exploring cases of tension and conflict. A wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection, Modern Sufis and the State is a timely call to think critically about the role of public discourse in shaping perceptions of Sufism.

Title Devotional Islam in Contemporary South Asia
Author Michel Boivin
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2015-12-22
Category Religion
Total Pages 195
ISBN 9781317379997
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Muslim shrine is at the crossroad of many processes involving society and culture. It is the place where a saint – often a Sufi - is buried, and it works as a main social factor, with the power of integrating or rejecting people and groups, and as a mirror reflecting the intricacies of a society. The book discusses the role of popular Islam in structuring individual and collective identities in contemporary South Asia. It identifies similarities and differences between the worship of saints and the pattern of religious attendance to tombs and mausoleums in South Asian Sufism and Shi`ism. Inspired by new advances in the field of ritual and pilgrimage studies, the book demonstrates that religious gatherings are spaces of negotiation and redefinitions of religious identity and of the notion of sainthood. Drawing from a large corpus of vernacular and colonial sources, as well as the register of popular literature and ethnographic observation, the authors describe how religious identities are co-constructed through the management of rituals, and are constantly renegotiated through discourses and religious practices. By enabling students, researchers and academics to critically understand the complexity of religious places within the world of popular and devotional Islam, this geographical re-mapping of Muslim religious gatherings in contemporary South Asia contributes to a new understanding of South Asian and Islamic Studies.

Title The Hindu Sufis of South Asia
Author Michel Boivin
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date 2019-09-05
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781788319577
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Within the complex religious landscape of modern India, the community of Sindh stands out as a powerful example of interfaith relations. This Hindu community moved to India and practiced Sufism following Sindh's inclusion to Pakistan in the 1947 partition. Drawing on a close analysis of literature and poetry, interviews with key informants, and a reading of historic rituals and architectures, Michel Boivin demonstrates that this active religious minority has managed to retain its unique Hindu-Sufi identity amidst the rigidification of official religions in both India and Pakistan. Of particular significance, Boivin argues, was the creation of sacred spaces called darbars. These shrines include a religious building where the Hindu Sindhis worship Sufi saints, chant Sufi poetry and perform Sufi rituals. In looking at this vibrant community as a trans-religious culture capable of navigating the challenges of the modern nation state, this book is an important contribution to understanding the Muslim-Hindu encounter in India.

Title Muslim Saints of South Asia
Author Anna Suvorova
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2004-07-22
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781134370061
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book studies the veneration practices and rituals of the Muslim saints. It outlines principal trends of the main Sufi orders in India, the profiles and teachings of the famous and less known saints, and the development of pilgrimage to their tombs in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A detailed discussion of the interaction of the Hindu mystic tradition and Sufism shows the polarity between the rigidity of the orthodox and the flexibility of the popular Islam in South Asia.

Sufi Saints And State Power by Sarah F. D. Ansari

Title Sufi Saints and State Power
Author Sarah F. D. Ansari
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1992-01-31
Category History
Total Pages 178
ISBN 0521405300
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

An examination of British rule in Sind, and especially the role of the local Muslim elite.

Sufis And Saints Bodies by Scott A. Kugle

Title Sufis and Saints Bodies
Author Scott A. Kugle
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date 2011-09-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 368
ISBN 0807872776
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Islam is often described as abstract, ascetic, and uniquely disengaged from the human body. Scott Kugle refutes this assertion in the first full study of Islamic mysticism as it relates to the human body. Examining Sufi conceptions of the body in religious writings from the late fifteenth through the nineteenth century, Kugle demonstrates that literature from this era often treated saints' physical bodies as sites of sacred power. Sufis and Saints' Bodies focuses on six important saints from Sufi communities in North Africa and South Asia. Kugle singles out a specific part of the body to which each saint is frequently associated in religious literature. The saints' bodies, Kugle argues, are treated as symbolic resources for generating religious meaning, communal solidarity, and the experience of sacred power. In each chapter, Kugle also features a particular theoretical problem, drawing methodologically from religious studies, anthropology, studies of gender and sexuality, theology, feminism, and philosophy. Bringing a new perspective to Islamic studies, Kugle shows how an important Islamic tradition integrated myriad understandings of the body in its nurturing role in the material, social, and spiritual realms.

Title Islam and Muslim Communities in South Asia
Author Nadeem Hasnain
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006
Category Islam
Total Pages 371
ISBN STANFORD:36105126874556
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Sufism and Saint Veneration in Contemporary Bangladesh
Author Hans Harder
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2011-03-08
Category Religion
Total Pages 392
ISBN 9781136831898
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Focusing on the Maijbhandari movement in Chittagong, south-eastern Bangladesh, which claims the status of the only Sufi order originated in Bengal and which has gained immense popularity in recent years, this book provides a comprehensive picture of an important aspect of contemporary Bengali Islam in the South Asian context.

Title Islamic Reform in South Asia
Author Filippo Osella
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2013-05-16
Category History
Total Pages 509
ISBN 9781107031753
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book discusses contemporary Islamic reformism in South Asia in some of its diverse historical orientations and geographical expressions. Urging a more nuanced examination of all forms of reformism and their reception in practice, the contributions here powerfully demonstrate the historical and geographical specificities of reform projects.

Title Historical Role of Three Auliy of South Asia
Author Khaliq Ahmad Nizami
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1984
Category Sufism
Total Pages 84
ISBN LCCN:88931143
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On the lives of three eminent Muslim saints of South Asia.

Title Saints Goddesses and Kings
Author Susan Bayly
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2004-04-22
Category History
Total Pages 532
ISBN 0521891035
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Looks at the social and religious world of the Christians and Muslims of South India.

South Asian Sufis by Clinton Bennett

Title South Asian Sufis
Author Clinton Bennett
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2012-03-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781441135896
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Often described as the soul of Islam, Sufism is one of the most interesting yet least known facet of this global religion. Sufism is the softer more inclusive and mystical form of Islam. Although militant Islamists dominate the headlines, the Sufi ideal has captured the imagination of many. Nowhere in the world is the handprint of Sufism more observable than South Asia, which has the largest Muslim population of the world, but also the greatest concentration of Sufis. This book examines active Sufi communities in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh that shed light on the devotion, and deviation, and destiny of Sufism in South Asia. Drawn from extensive work by indigenous and international scholars, this ethnographical study explores the impact of Iran on the development of Sufi thought and practice further east, and also discusses Sufism in diaspora in such contexts as the UK and North America and Iran's influence on South Asian Sufism.