Sufism, Culture, and Politics: Afghans and Islam in Medieval North India

Paperback | November 15, 2012

byRaziuddin Aquil

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This book provides a political history of north India under Afghan rulers in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Focusing on interconnections between religion and politics, it also raises questions of paramount concern to an understanding of Islam in medieval north India. Thefirst of the three sections explores the Afghan attempts at empire-building under the leadership of Sher Shah Sur and their interface with the Mughals. Discussing the incorporation of the Rajputs in the Afghan imperial project, the second part deals with the prevalent ideals and institutions of governance. The last segment investigates the social and political role of the Sufis. The volume also questions the over-emphasis on the Sultanate andMughal periods in Indian history writing, while projecting a dynamic view of the Afghan period. This book will be important for students and scholars of medieval Indian history as well as those interested in Islamic, religious, and cultural studies.

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This book provides a political history of north India under Afghan rulers in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Focusing on interconnections between religion and politics, it also raises questions of paramount concern to an understanding of Islam in medieval north India. Thefirst of the three sections explores the Afghan...

Raziuddin Aquil is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi. He was previously Fellow in History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198069154

ISBN - 13:9780198069157

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback EditionPreface to the First EditionIntroduction: The Study of Medieval Indian HistoryPart I Struggle for Power and Dominance1. The Making of a Badshah: Emergence of Sher Shah Sur2. Mughal-Afghan Interface: Battles and Mobilization;Part II Political Ideals and Institutions3. Norms of Governance and Aspects of AdministrationPart III Religion, Politics, and Society4. The Political and Sufic Wilayat5. Sufi Traditions and Hindu-Muslim InteractionsConclusionSelect BibliographyIndex