South Asian Sufis: Devotion, Deviation, and Destiny

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Clinton Bennett, Charles M. Ramsey
Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 1, 2012 - Religion - 336 pages
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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 deviation, and destiny of Sufism in South Asia.

Drawn from extensive work by indigenous and international scholars, this ethnographical study explores the impact of Iran on the development of Sufi thought and practice further east, and also discusses Sufism in diaspora in such contexts as the UK and North America and Iran's influence on South Asian Sufism.

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South Asian SufisContinuity Complexity and Change
Chapter 1 Irans Role in Stimulating South Asian Islam
A Case Study of the Qādiriyya in Hyderabad
Chapter 3 Understanding the Philosophy of Spirituality at Shrines in Pakistan
The Mazārs of Sayyid Pīr Waris Shāh Abdul Latīf Bhitāi
Popular Culture and Powerful Blessing at The Urs
Questioning the Ziyārat as a Social Process
Chapter 7 When Sufi Tradition Reinvents Islamic Modernity The Minhājul Qurān a NeoSufi Order in Pakistan
Chapter 11 The Transformation and Development of South Asian Sufis in Britain
Kashmir the Garden of the Saints
Chapter 13 Bangladeshi Sufism An Interfaith Bridge
The Categorical Imperative of Sufi Wisdom
Chapter 15 South Asian Sufism in America
A Chīshtī Response to Communal Strife in India Today
South Asian Sufis Devotion Deviation and Destiny

Narrative Strategies and the Presentation of Holiness in the Life of Zia ulHaqq Maizbhandari
Nationalist Hero Good Sufi or Bad Sufi?
The Establishment of Political Parties by Sufi Masters in Modern Bangladesh

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Clinton Bennett teaches Religious Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.
Charles M. Ramsey is Director of University Institute Center for Islamic Studies, New Delhi, India.

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