Contents: 1. Maulana Rumi as a Teacher/Annemarie Schimmel. 2. Mysticism in Islam/Mohd. Mujeeb. 3. Rabiyah al-Adwiyyah of Basra (713/714-801)/Akhtar Qambar. 4. Ibn Taymiyah's Criticism of Sufism/Abdul Haq Ansari. 5. Shaykh Farid Ganj-i-Shakar as a Model Sufi/Abdul Haq Ansari. 6. Sheikh Ahmad Sirhindi on Wahdat 'l-Shuhud/Abdul Haq Ansari. 7. Kabir as Depicted in the Persian Sufistic and Historical Works/Qamaruddin. 8. Bhakti and Ishq-E-Ilahi/I.H. Azad Farooqi. 9. Shah Wali-ul Allah Dehlvi: An Analysis of his Sufism/Abdur Rasheed Bhat. 10. A Muslim's Devotions/S. Vahiduddin. 11. Soul/Energy/Ehsanullah Khan. 12. Epistemology in the Sufi Discourse/ Syed Jamaluddin. 13. Spiritual States: Sufism and Psychology/Roquiya Zainuddin. 14. The Knowledge of God/S. Vahiduddin. 15. The Apprehension of God as an Inapprehensible Mystery/S. Vahiduddin. 16. The Mahfil-e-Sama: Sufi Practice in the Indian Context/Regula Burkhardt Qureshi. 17. A Muslim Appreciation of Christian Holiness/Mahmood M. Ayoub. 18. Death and Suffering in Islam: An Individualistic View/I.H. Azad Farooqi. 19. The Impact of West Asian Sufi Saints on Muslims in Medieval Bengal/Mohammad Ismail. 20. Sufi Approach to the Problem of Alienation/Waheed Akhtar. 21. Sufism and Gradual Transformation in the Meaning of Sufi in Safavid Period/Hossain Mir Jafri. 22. Esoteric and Mystical Aspects of Religious Knowledge in Sufism/Carl W. Ernst. 23. Modern Hindu Literary Treatment of a Medieval Indian Muslim Saint (Sidi Maula of Charuchandralekh)/Om P. Gupta. 24. Role of Sufi Shrines in the Awadh under the Mughals (1658-1750)/Jigar Mohammad. 25. Iqbal and Islamic Tassawwuf/Iqtidar Husain Siddiqi. 26. Fundamentalism or a Return to Fundamentals?Akhtar Qambar. 27. The Early Chishti Dargahs of Delhi/Iqtidar Husain Siddiqi. 28. Sufism in Kashmir/Balraj Puri Ritual and Popular Piety: The Urs at Dargah Dada Hayat in South India/Yoginder Sikand. Index.
Sufism in Islamic tradition has for centuries been a source of inner peace, spiritual awakening and enlightenment for millions of human beings. It has also been a matter of debate among scholars regarding the questions related to its origin, nature and external manifestations.
This volume, having 29 well researched papers, seeks to present a wide spectrum of perspectives and in-depth studies on different aspects of Islamic Sufism and Indian Mysticism, and their interface, that has manifested itself through the history of Islam's interaction with India, spread over a time-frame of more than a millennium. The contributions in this volume are made by some of the most renowned scholars and experts in the fields of philosophy, Islamic studies, comparative religions, psychology, sociology, history and journalism.