Refractions of Islam in India
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Refractions of Islam in India
Situating Sufism and Yoga

  • Carl W. Ernst - Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

© 2016 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

The essays explore Sufism as it developed in the Indian subcontinent, including translations of previously unavailable texts, and revealing unexpected insights into the lives, practices, and teachings  of Indian Muslims over nearly a thousand years. They also trace remarkable moments in the history of Muslim engagement with Indian religious and cultural practices. This includes not only Muslim participation in Indian art and literature, but also the extraordinary role that Sufis have played in the practice of yoga. Employing new approaches to religious studies that avoid essentialism and ideological concepts of religion, and shorn of unnecessary jargon, these compelling essays will be easily accessible to a larger audience. 

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Sufism and Islam in South Asia
 
From Hagiography to Martyrology: Conflicting Testimonies to a Sufi Martyr of the Delhi Sultanate
 
Forgotten Sources on Islam in India
 
The Interpretation of the Classical Sufi Tradition in India: The Shama'il al-atqiya' of Rukn al-Din Kashani
 
Persecution and Circumspection in the Shattari Sufi Order
 
The Daily Life of a Saint, Ahmad Sirhindi (d. 1624), by Badr al-Din Sirhindi
 
Islam and Sufism in Contemporary South Asia
 
Reconfiguring South Asian Islam: From the 18th to 19th Century
 
Sufism, Yoga and Indian Religions
 
Sufism and Yoga According to Muhammad Ghawth
 
Admiring the Works of the Ancients: The Ellora Temples as Viewed by Indo-Muslim Authors
 
The Islamization of Yoga in the Amrtakunda Translations
 
Muslim Studies of Hinduism? A Reconsideration of Persian and Arabic Translations from Sanskrit
 
Situating Sufism and Yoga
 
Two Versions of a Persian Text on Yoga and Cosmology: Attributed to Shaykh Mu`in al-Din Chishti
 
Fragmentary Versions of the Apocryphal “Hymn of the Pearl” in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and Urdu
 
Accounts of Yogis in Arabic and Persian Historical and Travel Texts
 
Fayzi's Illuminationist Interpretation of Vedanta: The Shariq al-ma‘rifa
 
Being Careful with the Goddess: Yoginis in Persian and Arabic Texts
 
The Limits of Universalism in Islamic Thought: The Case of Indian Religions
 
A 14th-Century Persian Account of Breath Control and Meditation
 
Traces of Shattari Sufism and Yoga in North Africa
 
Indian Lovers in Arabic and Persian Guise: Azad Bilgrami’s Depiction of Nayikas
 
A Persian Philosophical Defense of Vedanta
 
Bibliography of the Publications of Carl W. Ernst
 
Index
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The essays explore Sufism as it developed in the Indian subcontinent, including translations of previously unavailable texts, and revealing unexpected insights into the lives, practices, and teachings  of Indian Muslims over nearly a thousand years. They also trace remarkable moments in the history of Muslim engagement with Indian religious and cultural practices. This includes not only Muslim participation in Indian art and literature, but also the extraordinary role that Sufis have played in the practice of yoga. Employing new approaches to religious studies that avoid essentialism and ideological concepts of religion, and shorn of unnecessary jargon, these compelling essays will be easily accessible to a larger audience. 



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ISBN: 9789351508915