Muslim Shrines in India: Their Character, History & Significance

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This book describes the location, architecture, rituals, and various kinds of worship that take place in the major Muslim shrines across the country. It also looks at pilgrims who are drawn to the dargah their aspirations, their faith, their general social and religious outlook.
A new introduction written especially for this edition by Marc Gaborieau addresses the developments that have taken place in the research on Muslim shrines since this book was first published.

Edited by Christian Troll

CONTENTS
Preface
Introduction
Note on Contributors
PART ONE: DOCUMENTARY
The Early Chisti Dargahs
The Dargah of Sayydid Salar Mas ud Ghazi in Bahraich: Legend, Tradition and Reality
A Note on the Dargah of Salar Mas ud in Bahraich in the Light of the Standard Historical Sources
Mughal Documents Relating to the Dargah of Khwaja Mu inuddin Chisti
Rituals and Customary Practices at the Dargah of Ajmer
The Major Dargahs of Ahmadabad
Perceptions of the Dargahs of Patna
PART TWO: INTERPRETIVE
The Mystery of the Nizamuddin Dargah: The Accounts of Pilgrims
Soul of the Soulless: An Analysis of Pir-Murid Relationships in Sufi Discourse
Religion, Money and Status: Competition for Resources at the Shrine of Shah Jamal, Aligarh
The Significance of the Dargah of Hazratbal
in the Socio-Religious and Political Life of Kashmiri Muslims
PART THREE: THEOLOGICAL
Shah Waliullah and the Dargah
A Ninteenth-Century Indian Wahhabi Tract Against the Cult of Muslim Saints: Al-Balagh al-Mubin
PART FOUR: REVIEWS
Saints and Dargahs in the Indian Subcontinent: A Review
Qawwali and Mahfil-i-Sama
New Light on Bihar s Eminent Sufi Shaikh Sharafuddin Maneri and His Times
Sufism in Indian History
Some Recent Studies in Muslim Religious Thought
Index