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Sufi Saints and State Power : The Pirs of Sind, 1843-1947 - Sarah F. D. Ansari

Sufi Saints and State Power

The Pirs of Sind, 1843-1947

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1992
ISBN: 9780521405300
Number Of Pages: 200

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Using a wealth of historical material and in-depth interviews, the author looks at the development of the institution of the pir, its power base and the mechanics of the system of control into which the pirs were drawn. The overall success of the political system depended on the willingness of the elite to participate and Dr. Ansari argues that it did indeed work in Sind. This enabled the British to govern while allowing the pirs to adapt to colonial rule, and later independence, without serious damage to their interests.

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"Overall, scholars will find much in Ansari's work on Sufi saints and state power in Sind to incorporate into larger theoretical frameworks about imperialism or the history of South Asia." Michael H. Fisher, American Historical Review

List of maps and illustrations
A note on spelling
Sind and its pirs up to 1843
Creating a system of political control after 1843
Challenge to the system: the pir pagaro and the 1890s Hur rebellion
Challenge to the system: the Khilafat movement 1919-1924
A more complex system of control: pirs and politics under the Raj, 1900-1947
The final challenge: the pir Pagaro again
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ISBN: 9780521405300
ISBN-10: 0521405300
Series: Cambridge South Asian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 31st January 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.85  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.41

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