Muslim Saints of South Asia: The Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries
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This book studies the veneration practices and rituals of the Muslim saints. It outlines the principle trends of the main Suﬁ orders in India, the proﬁles and teachings of the famous and less well-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 analysis of 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. Anna Suvorova is Head of Department of Asian Literatures at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
A recognized scholar in the ﬁeld of Indo-Islamic culture and liter- ature, she frequently lectures at universities all over the world. She is the author of several books in Russian and English including The Poetics of Urdu Dastaan; The Sources of the New Indian Drama; The Quest for Theatre: the twentieth century drama in India and Pakistan; Nostalgia for Lucknow and Masnawi: a study of Urdu romance. She has also translated several books on pre-modern Urdu prose into Russian.
- Foreword……Page 10
- Acknowledgements……Page 13
- The Indian tomb……Page 14
- The hermit of Lahore……Page 48
- The old man of Ajmer……Page 72
- The ascetic of Pakpattan……Page 94
- The peacemaker of Delhi……Page 118
- The spiritual sovereign of Multan……Page 145
- The warrior saints……Page 168
- The mendicant saints……Page 191
- Epilogue……Page 212
- Notes……Page 217
- Glossary……Page 235
- Bibliography……Page 243
- Index……Page 250
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