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Title:
Sufi martyrs of love : the Chishti Order in South Asia and beyond
Author:
Ernst, Carl W., 1950-
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Edition:
First edition.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2002]

©2002
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xiv, 241 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781403960269

9781403960276
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Book

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Summary

For many in the West, the ecstatic dancing ritual of whirling dervishes is the most recognizable aspect of Sufism. Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam, and one of the largest systems of religious affiliation in the Islamic world. The religion emphasizes direct knowledge of the divine within each person. Meditation, music, song, and dance are seen as crucial spiritual strides toward attaining unity with God.


Summary

Sufism is a religion which emphasizes direct knowledge of the divine within each person, and meditation, music, song, and dance are seen as crucial spiritual strides toward attaining unity with God. Sufi paths of mysticism and devotion, motivated by Islamic ideals, are still chosen by men and women in countries from Morocco to China, and there are nearly one hundred orders around the world, eighty of which are present and thriving in the United States. The Chishti Sufi order has been the most widespread and popular of all Sufi traditions since the twelfth-century. Sufi Martyrs of Love offers a critical perspective on Western attitudes towards Islam and Sufism, clarifying its contemporary importance, both in the West and in traditional Sufi homelands. Finally, it provides access to the voices of Sufi authorities, through the translation of texts being offered in English for the first time.


Author Notes

Carl W. Ernst is Zachary Smith Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bruce B. Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Duke University


Carl W. Ernst is Zachary Smith Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bruce B. Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Duke University


Table of Contents

Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
1. What is a Sufi Order?p. 11
2. The Core Chishti Practicesp. 27
3. The Art of Ancestryp. 47
4. The Chishti Mastersp. 64
5. Major Chishti Shrinesp. 85
6. Colonial Chishtisp. 105
7. Modern Day Chishtisp. 129
Appendix The Earliest Chishti Masters: Anniversaries and Select Biographiesp. 147
A Chishti Calendar of Saints' Death Anniversaries
Major Chishti Masters
Regional Chishti Masters
Notesp. 189
Bibliography on the Chishtiyya: European Language Sourcesp. 209
Select Bibliography on the Chishtiyya: Persian and Urdu Sourcesp. 223
Index of Names and Glossary of Termsp. 237
Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
1. What is a Sufi Order?p. 11
2. The Core Chishti Practicesp. 27
3. The Art of Ancestryp. 47
4. The Chishti Mastersp. 64
5. Major Chishti Shrinesp. 85
6. Colonial Chishtisp. 105
7. Modern Day Chishtisp. 129
Appendix The Earliest Chishti Masters: Anniversaries and Select Biographiesp. 147
A Chishti Calendar of Saints' Death Anniversaries
Major Chishti Masters
Regional Chishti Masters
Notesp. 189
Bibliography on the Chishtiyya: European Language Sourcesp. 209
Select Bibliography on the Chishtiyya: Persian and Urdu Sourcesp. 223
Index of Names and Glossary of Termsp. 237