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South Asian Sufis : Devotion, Deviation, and Destiny.

Author: Clinton Bennett; Charles M Ramsey
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012.
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Often described as the soul of Islam, Sufism is one of the most interesting yet least known facet of this global religion. Sufism is the softer more inclusive and mystical form of Islam. Although militant Islamists dominate the headlines, the Sufi ideal has captured the imagination of many. Nowhere in the world is the handprint of Sufism more observable than South Asia, which has the largest Muslim population of the  Read more...
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Bennett, Clinton.
South Asian Sufis : Devotion, Deviation, and Destiny.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Clinton Bennett; Charles M Ramsey
ISBN: 9781441184740 1441184740
OCLC Number: 1058556497
Notes: Sufis in politics.
Description: 1 online resource (337 pages)
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Contents; Notes on Contributors; Acknowledgments; Introduction: South Asian Sufis-Continuity, Complexity, and Change; Research questions; Contributors and methodology; The themes; Spiritual practice; Community bonds and social relations; Politics; Interreligious openness; Conclusion; Chapter 1 Iran's Role in Stimulating South Asian Islam; Ancient Iran-India contact; Islam's entry into India; Iranian Islam's influence and impact on Indian Islam; Conclusion. Chapter 4 Spiritual Power and 'Threshold' Identities: The Mazārs of Sayyid Pīr Waris Shāh Abdul Latīf BhitāiIntroduction; References to the legendary history; Conclusion; Chapter 5 Du'a: Popular Culture and Powerful Blessing at The 'Urs; Poets, singers, and orators; Popular culture; The symbolic complex of blessing; The 'Urs as the organizational nexus of Sufi regional cults; Ambivalences of authority in the Barelvi movement; Chapter 6 The Sufi Center of Jhok Sharif in Sindh (℗ƯPakistan): Questioning the Ziyārat as a ℗ƯSocial Process; Main Sufi places in South Sindh; Conclusion. Chapter 7 When Sufi Tradition Reinvents Islamic ℗ƯModernity. The Minhāj-ul Qur'ān, a Neo-Sufi Order in PakistanAn original Sufi-based reform movement; Social and political activism; A charismatic leader; A globalized Sufi cult? In the private life of an emotional community; Conclusion; Chapter 8 Making the Case for Sainthood in Modern Bangladesh: Narrative Strategies and the ℗ƯPresentation of Holiness in the Life of Zia ℗Ưul-Haqq Maizbhandari*; Jamal Ahmad Sikder's account of Sayyid Zia ul-Haqq; The hagiography of Sayyid Muhammad Amir ul-Islam; The hagiography of Md. Ghulam Rasul. Discussion and analysisConclusion; Chapter 9 Ahmad Sirhindī: Nationalist Hero, Good Sufi, or Bad Sufi?; Introduction; How did Ahmad Sirhindī become the national hero of ℗ƯPakistan?; From villain to good Sufi: The hagiographic and academic revision of Sirhindī; Sirhindī's sociological context: ashrāf/ajlāf; Modern versus premodern notions of societal order; Exaggerated claims; Conclusion; Chapter 10 Encountering the Unholy: The Establishment of Political Parties by Sufi Masters in Modern Bangladesh*; Historical roots of Sufism in Bangladesh; Introduction of Islam in Bangladesh politics.

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Often described as the soul of Islam, Sufism is one of the most interesting yet least known facet of this global religion. Sufism is the softer more inclusive and mystical form of Islam. Although militant Islamists dominate the headlines, the Sufi ideal has captured the imagination of many. Nowhere in the world is the handprint of Sufism more observable than South Asia, which has the largest Muslim population of the world, but also the greatest concentration of Sufis. This book examines active Sufi communities in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh that shed light on the devotion, and deviati.

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