Sufi Cults and the Evolution of Medieval Indian Culture

Edited by Anup Taneja, Northern Book Centre, 2003, viii, 327 p, ISBN : 8172111452, $53.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Sufi Cults and the Evolution of Medieval Indian Culture/edited by Anup Taneja

Contents: 1. Introduction/Anup Taneja. 2. Emergence of Sufi Silsilas in India/Fatima Hussain. 3. Sufi cults and the making of a pluralist society/Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui. 4. Early Chishtis and the state/Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli. 5. Miracles, authority and benevolence: stories of Karamat in Sufi literature of the Delhi Sultanate/Raziuddin Aquil. 6. Shari’a, state and conversions in medieval Kashmir: an assessment of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani’s historical role/Mohammad Ishaq Khan. 7. Shaikh Jalal-ud-Din Tabrezi and his contribution to the spread of Sufi influence in Bengal during the thirteenth century/Sk Abdul Latif. 8. The pro-alien policy of Ahmad Shah and the role of the Ni’matullahis of Bidar/Muhammad Suleman Siddiqi. 9. Women in Malik Muhammad Jaisi’s discourse: Padmavat, Akhravat and Akhiri Kalam/Geeta Arya. 10. Sufi cults and the Shias/S.M. Azizuddin Husain. 11. The Qalandars and the Qalandariyya path (tariqa)/Kumkum Srivastava. 12. Select bibliography/Raziuddin Aquil. Index.

"This monograph is a humble attempt at a scholarly presentation of the various facets of the evolution and spread of the Sufi influence in India and a critical evaluation of the role played by the Sufi saints (belonging to different silsilas) both by way of disseminating the Sufi ideology among the Indian masses and also assimilating and imbibing into their own ideology some of the indigenous spiritual practices and techniques as practised by the Hindu yogis and siddhas, thus paving the way in the process for the establishment of a pluralist society in India on a firm footing.

Among the galaxy of Sufi saints who came to India, the four names which stand out prominently are Shaikh Mu’in-ud-Din Chishti, Shaikh Farid-ud-Din Ganj-i-Shakar (Baba Farid), Shaikh Nizam-ud-Din Auliya and Amir Khusrau. Shaikh Mu’in-ud-Din came to India at the close of the twelfth century. On the occasion of his ‘urs, lakhs of people congregate to pay obeisance to the great Sufi master at his dargah in Ajmer.

Today the dargahs of the great Sufi masters have become objects of veneration and places of pilgrimage for lakhs of devout people owing allegiance to different religious belief systems. These holy places stand as epitomes of communal harmony and universal love and brotherhood." (jacket)

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