1st Edition

Islam in India History, Politics and Society

Edited By Nasir Raza Khan Copyright 2023

    Islam in India: History, Politics and Society is based on the historical and contemporary relevance of the religion and its related culture(s) in India.

    Besides being a major religious doctrine, Islam has been the main political ideology for many dynasties in India such as Delhi Sultanate (1206-1451); the Illbaris Turks (also known as Mamluk 1206–90); Khiljis (1290–1320); Tughlaqs (1320–1414); Sayyids (1414–51), Afghans and the Mughal Empire. Islam played a pivotal role in shaping the polity and society during the period of each dynasty. This book argues that Islam in India ought to be seen not only as a political and religious ideology of the dynasties, but also as a significant force that shaped the cultural fabric of the country.

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    Nasir Raza Khan

    Syncretic Traditions: Sufism and Bhakti in Indian History

    1. Piety, Impiety and Islam: Muslim Religious Practice in Eighteenth Century Shahjahanabad

    Rohma Javed Rashid

    2. The Khwaja’s Creed: Gharib Nawaz and Propagation of Sufi Thought

    Babli Parveen

    3. Sufi and Bhakti Tradition: Corresponding and Divergent Trends

    Akhlaque Ahmad Ahan

    4. Pluralism in Medieval Islamic Heritage: A Study of Sufi Ethos of Kashmir

    G. N. Khaki

    5. Sufi Contributions to the Intellectual Culture of Islam in India: Awarif-al-Ma’arif and Early Sufi Writings

    Mohammad Shaheer Siddiqui

    Islam and the State: History, Religion and Identity

    6. Mughal Identity: Central Asian or Indian

    Tasneem Suhrawardy

    7. Cultural, Literary and Artistic world of Indo-Central Asia

    Gulfishan Khan

    8. Looking Through European Eyes: Mughal State and Religious Freedom as Gleaned from the European Travellers’ Accounts of the Seventeenth Century

    Nishat Manzar

    9. Contesting The Authority of The Mughal Emperor: Abdul Qadir Badauni’s Attitude Towards Kingship

    Ikramul Haque

    10. Masjids, 'Community Life' and Resistance in Colonial India: A Case Study of Masjid-e Jahan Numa at Shahjahanabad up to A.D 1870s.

    Sadia Aziz

    Intellectual Movements and Contemporary Perspectives: Islam in the Modern Age

    11. Drawing Parallel with 19th Century Muslim Movements in India with Reform Movements Across Muslim Weltanschauung: An Analysis of Syed Ahmad’s Work

    M. Waseem Raja

    12. Maktubat-e Syed Ahmad Khan and His Agenda of Social and Educational Reform

    Parwez Nazir

    13. Sir Syed’s Aligarh Movement and Muslim Women Discourses

    Naiyer Azam

    14. Shi’i in India: A Minority within the Minority

    Sayyad Mohd. Afzal

    15. Pan-Islamism and Khilafat Movement: Understanding Muslim Minds in Colonial Perspectives

    Hassan Imam

    16. Contemporary Islam: A Realistic Assessment of the Current Dynamics and Progressive Strategies for the Future

    Sultan Shahin




    Nasir Raza Khan is Associate Professor at the Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. His areas of research include Religion, Society and Culture in Central Asia; Silk Road; and Contemporary Central Asia-India relations.