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South Asian Sufis

Bennett, Clinton [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
South Asian Sufis : Devotion, Deviation and Destiny / edited by Clinton Bennett and Charles M. Ramsey. - London ; New York : Continuum International Publishing, 2012. - xiv, 318 S.
ISBN 978-1-441-15127-8
£ 65,00
DDC: 297.40954

Often described as the soul of Islam, Sufism is one of the most interesting yet least known facet of this global religion. Sufism is the softer more inclusive and mystical form of Islam. Although militant Islamists dominate the headlines, the Sufi ideal has captured the imagination of many. Nowhere in the world is the handprint of Sufism more observable than South Asia, which has the largest Muslim population of the world, but also the greatest concentration of Sufis. This book examines active Sufi communities in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh that shed light on the devotion, and deviation, and destiny of Sufism in South Asia.
   Drawn from extensive work by indigenous and international scholars, this ethnographical study explores the impact of Iran on the development of Sufi thought and practice further east, and also discusses Sufism in diaspora in such contexts as the UK and North America and Iran’s influence on South Asian Sufism. [Verlagsinformation]

Notes on Contributors. ix
Acknowledgments. xv
Clinton Bennett:
Introduction: South Asian Sufis, Continuity, Complexity and Change. 1
1. Clinton Bennett:
Iran’s Role in Stimulating South Asian Islam. 15
2. Mauro Valdinoci:
A Model of Sufi Training in the Twenty-First Century: a Case Study of the Qādiriyya in Hyderabad. 31
3. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Chaudhry:
Understanding the Philosophy of Spirituality at Shrines in Pakistan. 43
4. Uzma Rehman:
Spiritual Power and 'Threshold' Identities: The Mazārs of Sayyid Pir Waris Shāh Abdul Latīf Bhitāi. 61
5. Pnina Werbner:
Du'a: Popular Culture and Powerful Blessing at the 'Urs. 83
6. Michel Boivin:
The Sufi Center of Jhok Sharif in Sindh (Pakistan): Questioning the Ziyārat as a Social Process. 95
7. Alix Philippon:
When Sufi Tradition Reinvents Islamic Modernity. The Minhāj-ul Qur’ān, a Neo-Sufi order in Pakistan. 111
8. Sarwar Alam:
Making the Case for Sainthood in Modern Bangladesh: Narrative Strategies and the Presentation of Holiness in the Life of Zia ul-Haqq Maizbhandari. 123
9. Arthur Buehler:
Ahmad Sirhindi: Nationalist Hero, Good Sufi, or Bad Sufi? 141
10. Sarwar Alam:
Encountering the Unholy: The Establishment of Political Parties by Sufi Masters in Modern Bangladesh. 163
11. Ron Geaves:
The Transformation and Development of South Asian Sufis in Britain. 181
12. Charles M. Ramsey:
Rishīwaer: Kashmir, the Garden of the Saints. 197
13. Clinton Bennett:
Bangladeshi Sufism - An Interfaith Bridge. 211
14. Hugh van Skyhawk:
A Garden Amidst the Flames: The Categorical Imperative of Sufi Wisdom. 233
15. Marcia Hermansen:
South Asian Sufism in America. 247
16. Kelly Pemberton:
Sufis and Social Activism: a Chishti Response to Communal Strife in India Today. 269
Charles M. Ramsey:
Conclusion: South Asian Sufis, Devotion, Deviation, and Destiny. 285
Bibliography. 293
Index. 313


Clinton Bennett teaches Religious Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA. Homepage. Wikipedia [en].

Charles M. Ramsey is Director of University Institute Center for Islamic Studies, New Delhi, India. Profile page.

Quellen: Continuum Books; WorldCat; Amazon (UK); Library of Congress

Bennett/Ramsey: South Asian Sufis, 2012