Refractions of Islam in India: Situating Sufism and Yoga

Refractions of Islam in India: Situating Sufism and Yoga

By: Carl W. Ernst (author)Hardback

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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.

About Author

Carl W. Ernst is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a focus on West and South Asia. His published research, based on the study of Arabic, Persian, and Urdu, has been mainly devoted to the study of three areas: general and critical issues of Islamic studies, premodern and contemporary Sufism, and Indo-Muslim culture. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and he has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His publications, which have received several international awards, include Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism (co-edited with Richard Martin, 2010); Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (2003); and Teachings of Sufism (1999). He is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor (2005- ) and Co-Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. He and Bruce Lawrence are co-editors of the Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks Series at the University of North Carolina Press.

Contents

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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  • ISBN13: 9789351508915
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 520
  • ID: 9789351508915
  • weight: 700
  • ISBN10: 9351508919

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