Making Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India

Hardcover | March 16, 2012

byNile Green

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This volume provides a comprehensive view of the social transformation in medieval India between 1500 and 1750 by studying various Sufi movements. It covers a wide range of topics from Sufism and polity in the Afghan frontier to north Indian context and further to Deccan and the southernmostpoints of influence of the Mughals. Weaving together investigations of architecture with texts, migration of people, and the ethnographies and local histories, the author investigates community formation and inter-community contact. He reveals the tensions between mobility and locality through theways Sufi Islam responded to demands of settlement by preserving the migrant bodies of blessed men and the shrines, texts and rituals that surrounded them. The book explores how Afghan, Mughal and Hindustani Muslims constructed new homelands while remembering distant places of origin. Central to this process were migrant Sufis and the hagiographical texts and architectural territories through which they preserved memory over time and anchored it to newspaces of settlement. The book offers bold new insights into Indian, Islamic and comparative early modern history. This book will be an important reading for scholars, researchers, and students of medieval Indian history, Islamic studies, and religion particularly those interested in Sufism.

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This volume provides a comprehensive view of the social transformation in medieval India between 1500 and 1750 by studying various Sufi movements. It covers a wide range of topics from Sufism and polity in the Afghan frontier to north Indian context and further to Deccan and the southernmostpoints of influence of the Mughals. Weaving t...

Nile Green is Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was previously a Milburn Research Fellow at Oxford University and Lecturer in South Asian Studies at Manchester University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:March 16, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077963

ISBN - 13:9780198077961

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List of IllustrationsPreface1. Between Texts and Territories2. The Migration of a Muslim Ritual3. Tribe, Diaspora and Sainthood in Indo-Afghan History4. Migrant Sufis and Sacred Space5. The Patronage of Saintly Space in the Early Modern Deccan6. The Uses of Books in a Late Mughal Takiyya7. Brahmins and Sufis in a Landscape of Narratives8. Re-membering History at the Shrines of AurangabadBibliographyIndex