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Muslim Saints of South Asia : The Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries - Anna Suvorova

Muslim Saints of South Asia

The Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780415317641
Number Of Pages: 244

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This book studies the veneration practices and rituals of the Muslim saints. It outlines principal trends of the main Sufi orders in India, the profiles and teachings of the famous and less known saints, and the development of pilgrimage to their tombs in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A detailed discussion of the interaction of the Hindu mystic tradition and Sufism shows the polarity between the rigidity of the orthodox and the flexibility of the popular Islam in South Asia. Treating the cult of saints as a universal and all pervading phenomenon embracing the life of the region in all its aspects, the analysis includes politics, social and family life, interpersonal relations, gender problems and national psyche. The author uses a multidimensional approach to the subject: a historical, religious and literary approach to sources is combined with an anthropological study of the rites and rituals of the veneration of the shrines and the description of the architecture of the tombs.

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'Rarely has so much material been synthesised in so harmonious and readable a fashion ... M. Osama Faruqi is to be congratulated fo the elegance of his translation.' - South Asian Studies

The Indian Tomb
The Hermit of Lahore
The Old Man of Ajmer
The Ascetic of Pakpattan
The Peacemaker of Delhi
The Spiritual Sovereign of Multan
The Warrior Saints
The Mendicant Saints
Epilogue
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415317641
ISBN-10: 0415317649
Series: Routledgecurzon Sufi Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1

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