This book studies the veneration practices and rituals of the Muslim saints. It outlines principal trends of the main Sufi orders in India, the profiles and teachings of the famous and less known saints, and the development of pilgrimage to their tombs in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A detailed discussion of the interaction of the Hindu mystic tradition and Sufism shows the polarity between the rigidity of the orthodox and the flexibility of the popular Islam in South Asia.
Table of Contents
1. The Indian Tomb 2. The Hermit of Lahore 3. The Old Man of Ajmer 4. The Ascetic of Pakpattan 5. The Peacemaker of Delhi 6. The Spiritual Sovereign of Multan 7. The Warrior Saints 8. The Mendicant Saints Epilogue Glossary Notes Bibliography
Anna Suvorova is Head of Department of Asian Literatures at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. A recognized scholar in the field of Indo-Islamic culture and literature, she frequently lectures at universities all over the world. She is the author of several book in Russian and English including The Poetics of Urdu Dastaan; The Sources of New Indian Drama; The Quest for Theatre: The Twentieth Century Drama in India and Pakistan; Nostalgia for Lucknow and Masnawi: A Study of Urdu Romance. She has also translated several books on pre-modern Urdu prose into Russian.
'Rarely has so much material been synthesised in so harmonious and readable a fashion ... M. Osama Faruqi is to be congratulated fo the elegance of his translation.' - South Asian Studies