Eternal garden : mysticism, history, and politics at a South Asian Sufi center /
Carl W. Ernst ; foreword by Annemarie Schimmel.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c1992.
xxxi, 381 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0791408833 (alk. paper) 0791408841 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Albany : State University of New York Press, c1992.
0791408833 (alk. paper) 0791408841 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-360) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-10:
Since the appearance of Richard Maxwell Eaton's pioneering monograph, Sufis of Bijapur 1300-1700 (CH, Sep'78), scholars and students of South Asian Islam have awaited further exploration of the vast reaches of Islamic culture beyond the Delhi heartland. In this monograph they will find a worthy sequel to Eaton's study. It focuses on a major shrine complex, Khuldabad, where monarchs and mystics lie buried side by side in that region of south India known as the Deccan. It unfolds the nuances of Indo-Muslim culture through painstaking research. It is marked by empathy and fairness. It combines intellectual and social, religious and political history in swift but sure turns. It offers multiple charts and illuminating maps. Its appendixes, bibliography, and indexes reflect extraordinary diligence. If Paul Ricoeur is correct, that critical scholars can still experience a "second naivet'e," then this book will satisfy nit-picking experts as well as casual enquirers into the Muslim past of South Asia in its southernmost extension. Highly recommended for general readers as well as all levels of traditional academic curricula. B. B. Lawrence; Duke University
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Ernst's research, based on rare Persian manuscripts preserved in Sufi shrines in the medieval town of Khuldabad, a major centre of pilgrimage in the Indian Deccan, reveals the mystical teachings and practices of the Chishti Sufi order as taught by the ecstatic Shaykh Burhan al-Din Gharib (d.1337) and his disciples. This second edition has a preface in which Ernst details the advances in the study of Sufism since the appearnance of this path-breaking book.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Historical Orientation: Sufism and Islam in South Asia
The Sufi Tradition
Sufism in Islamic Society
Historiographies of Islam in India
The Problem of Nationalist Historigraphy
Medieval Islamic Views of India
Medieval Indian Views of Islam
Religion and Empire in the Delhi Sultanate
Persian Kingship and the Indo-Muslim State
Non-Muslims and the Sultanate
Sultanate and Caliphate
Sultanate Imperialism and Sufism
The Textual Formation of Oral Teachings in the Early Chishti Order
From Oral Teaching to Written Text in Sufism
The Foundation of the Chishti Malfuzat Literature: Nizam al-Din
The Elaboration of the Malfuzat Tradition: Chiragh-i Dihli
The Elaboration of the Malfuzat Tradition: Burhan al-Din Gharib
The Problem of "Inauthentic" Malfuzat
The Interpretation of the Sufi Biographical Tradition in India
Chishti Sufism at Khuldabad
From Delhi to the Deccan
The Historiography of Sufism in the Deccan
Sufism and the Turkish Conquest of the Deccan
Burhan al-Din Gharib's Establishment and Teaching
The Khalifa of Nizam al-Din
The Sufi Master
Teachings and Practices
The Disciples
Sama': Listening to Music
The Indian Environment and the Question of Conversion
The Khuldabad Sufis in History
Political Relations of the Khuldabad Chishtis
Political History of the Khuldabad Shrines
The Bahmani Sultans
The Faruqis of Khandesh
The Mughuls and Nizams
Khuldabad as a Sacred Center in the Local Context
The Khuldabad-Burhanpur Axis
The Local Saints of Khuldabad
A Sufi Bookshelf: The Bibliography of Rukn al-Din Dabir Kashani
A Fifteenth-Century Revenue Memorandum
Mughul and Deccan Farmans from Khuldabad
Index of Names
Index of Terms and Subjects
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