This work is the first sustained attempt of its kind to draw attention to the mystical side of Urdu poetry. The author goes on to show how the pantheistic form of mysticism appeared in Urdu poetry and how certain poets endeavored to reconcile mysticism with orthodox Islam. This book will appeal to scholars of mystical philosophy and Urdu literature.
Prof. R.S. Bhatnagar, D. Phil., D. Litt was educated in Allahabad, India. He retired as Professor of Philosophy in 1999 from the University of Allahabad.
System of Transcription; Author's Note; Foreword - Prof. M. Wahi-ul-Haq Ansari; 1. Indo-Muslim Mystic Thought; 2. Early Urdu Sufi Poets; 3. Shams Al-Din Wali Muhammad; 4. Mir Taqi Mir; 5. Khwaja Mir Dard; 6. Shah Niyaz Ahmad; 7. Khwaja Haider ' Ali Atash; 8. Mirza Asad-Allah Khan Ghalib; 9. Shaikh Muhammad ' Alim Asi; 10. Asghar Husain Asghar; 11. Shaikh Muhammad Taqi ' Aziz; 12. Bisheshwar Prasad Munawwar; 13. Epilogue; Appendix: Glossary of Persian and Arabic Terms used by Urdu Sufi Poets List of Sources; Index; Names and Titles; Subjects and Technical Terms.