1st Edition

Sufism in India and Central Asia

Edited By Nasir Raza Khan Copyright 2023
    262 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sufism in India and Central Asia is an attempt to put into perspective the relevance of Sufism – the concept and teaching, and to provide a realistic assessment of its role in India and Central Asia.
    The people of these regions with different ethnic backgrounds, cultures and languages have been intermingling for many centuries, as seen in the cross-current exchanges of religious ideas and belief. The word Sufism, popularly known as mysticism is most likely derived from the Arabic word suf (meaning “wool”), more specifically it means “the person wearing ascetic woollen garments.” Sufism is deeply rooted in Islam and its development began in the late 7th and 8th centuries. The present volume is an attempt to look for answers to questions in relation to Sufism in India and Central Asia and to evaluate its relevance in the contemporary period. A group of distinguished scholars from India and Central Asia have contributed papers to this volume.
    This volume will be useful to students and researchers working on social and cultural aspects of India and Central Asia.


    1. Introduction

    Nasir Raza Khan

    2. Sufis in India and Central Asia During the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century

    Iqtidar Husan Sidiqui

    3. Sufism: Cementing Bonds Between Central Asia and Kashmir

    Mushtaq Kaw

    4. The Role of Sufis in Diplomatic Relations Between the Khoqand Khanate and India

    Sherzodhon Mahmudov

    5. Khwaja Badruddin Samarqandi: Founder of Firdausi Silsiah in India

    Nishat Manzar


    6. Sufis in Jammu and Their Cultural Impact

    Jigar Mohammed

    7. Kalimat al-Sadiqin: a Sufi Biographical Account

    Gulfishan Khan

    8. Central Asia to India: Immigration of Sufis and Urbanization in Medieval Rajasthan


    9. Sufism in Bengal: Interactions and Impacts Through the Ages

    Mohd Shaheer Siddiqui


    10. Sufism and Religious Syncretism in the History of Central Asia

    Laura Yerekesheva

    11. The Style of Persian Sufi Prose XI - XIII Centuries

    Mehdi  Kazimov

    12. Significance of Abd-ur-Rahman Jami’s Sufi-Poetic Discourse in the Literary Legacy of Medieval Persia

    G. N. Khaki

    13. The Understanding of Self and Others in Teachings of Sufism by Najmuddin Razi (1177-1252)

    Usmonali Kamolov


    14. Shaikh Sharfuddin Bu Ali Qalander Panipati’s Contribution for the Development of Composite Culture in Panipat During 14th Century

    S.M. Azizuddin Husain

    15. The Theme of Perfect Human in Sufism

    Mukhayyo Abdurakhmonova

    16. Sufism in Karnataka: An Analysis of Shishunala Sharif

    Varada M. Nikalje


    Nasir Raza Khan is Professor at the India-Arab Cultural Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. His Ph.D. is in history, with a focus on Islamic art and architecture in India. He has a specific interest in History of Islam, Central Asian Studies, India-Arab Relations, and International Studies. He served as Offg. Director, India-Arab Cultural Centre, and former Director of the Indian Culture Centre, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He also served as a Visiting Professor (ICCR Chair) at Lebanese American University in Beirut.

    His publications include: India, Central Asia and the World Powers (Delhi: Primus Books, 2013), Regional Sufi Centres in India: Significance and Contribution (Delhi: Manakin Press, 2015), India and Central Asia: Geopolitics, Economy and Culture (Delhi: Primus Books, 2016), Sufism in India and Central Asia (Manakin Press, 2017), The Silk Road: Exploring Current Opportunities (Delhi: Primus Books), Art and Architectural Traditions of India and Iran: Commonality and Diversity (Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, London, 2021), Islam in India: History, Politics and Society (Manakin Press 2023).