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Indian Sufism since the 17th Century
Indian Sufism since the 17th Century
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Since the 17th Century : New,
Saints, Books & Empires in the Muslim Deccan,
*[A5+] Paperback - 225 pages,
by Nile Green
Published by Routledge Sufi Series.

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Indian Sufism Since the Seventeenth Century ; Saints, Book and Empires in the Muslim Deccan.   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 Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad.

The author 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.

Reviews :

" A wonderful study …. The literature on Sufism in India is richer and more textured as a result of this work."  ---Sajjad Rizvi, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences.

" A superb study of mystical Islam within the cultural context of India’s Deccan region…. Particularly impressive is the innovative analysis of Muslim saints in the Hyderabadi city of Aurangabad that draws on a wide range of texts in Urdu, Persian and Arabic, as well as anthropological fieldwork." ---Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature.

"Superbly well-researched" and "splendid monograph … more than any other study to date succeeds in demolishing the notion of a dichotomy between ‘popular’ and ‘elite’ Sufism" ---Richard M. Eaton, Journal of Islamic Studies, 18, 3 (2007).

"Each passage of this innovative and essential book demonstrates the mastery of an immense corpus of sources in Arabic, Persian and Urdu, and reveals an abundance of original ideas, that make us see the history of Islam in South Asia in new light." ---Denis Matringe, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 71, 3 (2008).

Nile Green is Milburn Fellow at lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and Lecturer in South Asian Studies at Manchester University. His wide-ranging research interests focus on Sufism and the history and ethnography of Islam in South Asia, Iran and Afghanistan.

Table of Contents :

---List of Figures,
---A note on Transliteration & Names,
---List of Abbreviations,
---Map 1. The Deccan, India.

---Chapter [1]. Muslim Mystics in an Age of Empire: The Sufis of Awrangabad,
------Sufi's in an age of Empire,
------Shah Nur,
------Shah Palangposh and Shah Musafir,
------Nizam al-Din al-Awrangabadi,
------The literary tradition of the Awrangabad Sufis,
---------An overview,
---------Imperial geographies, Political visions in the texts,
---------Saintly geographies; Local shrines and pilgrimage in the texts,
---------The Sufis and their books; Reading and writing in the Awrangabad texts,

---Chapter [2]. The Poetry and Politics of Sainthood in a Mughal Successor State,
------Sufi Foundations for a new Royal City,
------Sufi's in the changing cultural landscape of the Deccan,
------Awrangabad Sufi's under the early Asaf Jab rulers,
------Shah Nur,
------The Saints of Panchakki,
------Nizam al-Din,
------The literary tradition,
---------An Overview; the Literary scene in early Asaf Jab Awrangubad,
---------Sufi Writers of the mid Eighteenth Century,
---------The Politcs and Patronage of Praise,
---------The Encomia of the city and it's Saints.

---Chapter [3]. The Sufi's in the Shadow of a New Empire,
------The British, the Nizams and the Saints,
------Shah Nur,
------The Saints of Panchakki,
------Nizam al-Din,
------The Literary Tradition,
---------When Delhi remembered the Deccan.

---Chapter [4]. Saints, Rebels and Revivalists,
------From Revolt to Revival,
------The Awrangabad Saints and the British Empire,
---------Nizam al-Din,
---------Shah Nur,
---------The Saints of Panchakki,
---------The Literary Tradition,
------------An Overview;
----------Urdu Biography in a changing environment,
----------Saints and Kings in the Urdu Biographies.

---Chapter [5]. The Awrangabad Saints in the New India,
------From Hyderabad to Mother India,
------The Awrangabad Saints in the Indian Nation,
---------Shah Nur,
---------The Saints of Panchakki,
---------Nizam al-Din,
---------The Literary Tradition,
------------An Overview;
------------Panchakki and the disappearing past,
------------Change and renewal in the Life of Shah Nur,
------------Nizam al-Din and the Lingering image of the Nizams,
------------Oral biography and historical memory.


------Primary Sources in Islamic languages,
------Translations of Primary Sources into European languages,
------Archival documents and official publications,
------Secondary sources.

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*Dimensions : 23.5 x 15.5cm.

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