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Chishti Sufis in the Sultanate of Delhi 1190/1400
Chishti Sufis in the Sultanate of Delhi 1190/1400
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Details:  Chishti Sufis in the Sultanate of Delhi 1190 -1400,
[From Restrained Indifference to Calculated Defiance],
*[A5] Hardback with Dustjacket - 450 pages,
by Tanvir Anjum.
Published by Oxford University Press (Pakistan).

Description :

The relationship of the Chishti Sufis with the political authorities has been quite controversial. After the inception of the 'Chishti Silsilah' in India in the last decade of the twelfth century by Khwajah Mu'in al-Din Chishti, may Allah be pleased with him, of Ajmer, the Chishtis, in line with their traditions in Persia, made it a definite policy to keep a distance from the rulers by not accepting state services, rejecting lands grants and titles from the rulers, and by not visiting the royal court, or welcoming the Sultans to their khanqahs. By doing so, the early Chishtis in India carved out a space, or an environment for independent action and practice of Chishti principles, free from the interference of the state in the Sultanate of Delhi during the next two centuries. However, this space was contested both by the rulers and some of the ulama or religious scholars on varied counts.

In subsequent decades, the space was preserved and expanded by the Chishtis, employing multiple strategies, while the state tried to encroach on it, endeavours which the Chishtis severely resisted. Later, in response to state manoeuvring and containment of the space, the Chishti Shaykhs defended and considerably realigned it, whereas their descendants negotiated it with the rulers for their own benefit.

The Author: Tanvir Anjum is presently an Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, Pakistan. Born in 1973 in Lahore, she did her bachelors from Government Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore (1993), M.Sc. and M.Phil. (1996 and 1998 respectively) with gold medals, and Ph.D. (2006) from the Department of History, QAU, Islamabad. Her areas of specialization and interest include Sufism and State in pre-modern South Asia, and intellectual history of the Muslims in South Asia, beside privatization in Pakistan.

Table of Contents :

---Transliteration Table
---Map of Major Chishti Centres of India during the Sultanate Era

---[1]. Sufism and its Political Dimensions : A Historical Perspective,
---[2]. Chishti Sufis in India : Carving out their space in the Delhi Sultanate (1206 - 1236),
---[3]. Preservation of the space of Chishti Sufis (1236 - 1265),
---[4]. Expansion of space (1265 - 1325),
---[5]. State encroachment on the Space of the Chishti Sufis (1325 - 1351),
---[6]. Chishti Sufis resistance to encroachment on their space (1325 - 1351),
---[7]. Manoeuvring and containment of the space by their state (1351 - 1398),
---[8]. Response to state manoeuvring and containment :
------- (I) : Defense and realignment of the space by the Chishtis (1351 - 1398),
---[9]. Response to state manoeuvring and containment :
------- Negotiation of the space by the descendants of the Chishti Shaykhs (1351 - 1400).

---Summary and Conclusion,

---Epilogue : Relationship of Khwajah Gesudiraz with the Bahmani Sultans.
---Select Bibliography,
---A Select Glossary of Persian and Arabic Terms and Phrases.

Appendix I :
---Spiritual Genealogy of Notable Chishti Shaykhs in India (13th and 14th centuries),

Appendix II :
---Timeline indicating Important Developments in the Chishti Silsilah and the Delhi Sultanate during the 13th and 14th centuries,

Appendix III :
---List of titles of the Delhi Sultans and the Eminent Chishti shaykhs,

Appendix IV :
---Descendants of Baba Farid.


*Dimensions : 24.3 x 16.2 x 3.1cm.

Sub-continent print (almost new condition).

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