In Remembrance of the Saints

In Remembrance of the Saints : New,
'The Rise & Fall of an Inner Asian Sufi Dynasty'
[A5] Paperback - 300 pages,
by Muhammad Sadiq Kashghari.
Translated by David Brophy,
by Columbia University Press.





In the first half of the eighteenth century, rival dynasties of Naqshbandi Sufi shaykhs vied for influence in the Tarim Basin, part of present-day Xinjiang. In the 1750s, the collapse of the Junghar Mongol state gave one branch of this family an opportunity to assert their independence in the oasis cities of Kashgar and Yarkand. Others sided with the armies of the Qing dynasty, which were massing on the frontiers to invade. The ensuing conflict saw the region incorporated into the expanding Qing imperium.


Three decades afterward, Muhammad Sadiq Kashghari was commissioned to write an account of these Naqshbandi Sufis and their downfall. Blending the genres of collective biography and historical epic, mixing prose and verse, Kashghari’s text vividly depicts religious and political conflicts on the eve of the Qing conquest. It became the most popular and influential Chaghatay-language work to grapple with this divisive period.


This volume presents the complete, long recension of In Remembrance of the Saints, translated for the first time into any Western language and extensively annotated with reference to both Islamic and Qing sources. The introduction situates the work in the Inner Asian tradition of Sufi biography and discusses the political factors shaping historical memory in Qianlong-era Xinjiang. Providing a rare local perspective on China’s expansion into Muslim borderlands, this translation sheds light on Xinjiang’s political and religious traditions and makes a foundational work of Inner Asian literature available to students and scholars.



David Brophy is a senior lecturer in modern Chinese history at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier (2016).



"Brophy has given us a superb translation of Muḥammad Ṣadiq Kashghari’s text. With its judicious annotations and excellent introduction, this book is a major contribution to the study of an important Sufi tradition of Islamic Inner Asia and its confrontation with Qing expansion." ---Devin DeWeese, coeditor of Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th–21st Centuries.

"One of the most important and impressive additions in recent memory to English-language scholarship on Central Asia." ---Journal of Islamic Studies.






More Sufism books,
Also see Naqshbandiyya books.


Dimensions :  23.5 x 15.5cm. 






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