Hajj to the Heart: Sufi Journeys across the Indian Ocean

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UNC Press Books, Dec 28, 2021 - Religion - 324 pages
Against the sweeping backdrop of South Asian history, this is a story of journeys taken by sixteenth-century reformist Muslim scholars and Sufi mystics from India to Arabia. At the center is the influential Sufi scholar Shaykh Ali Muttaqi and his little-known network of disciples. Scott Kugle relates how Ali Muttaqi, an expert in Arabic, scriptural hermeneutics, and hadith, left his native South Asia and traversed treacherous seas to make the Hajj to Mecca. Settling in Mecca, he continued to influence his homeland from overseas. Kugle draws on his original translations of Arabic and Persian manuscripts, never before available in English, to trace Ali Muttaqi's devotional writings, revealing how the Hajj transformed his spiritual life and political loyalties. The story expands across three generations of peripatetic Sufi masters in the Mutaqqi lineage as they travel for purposes of pilgrimage, scholarship, and sometimes simply for survival along Indian Ocean maritime routes linking global Muslim communities. Exploring the political intrigue, scholarly debates, and diverse social milieus that shaped the colorful personalities of his Sufi subjects, Kugle argues for the importance of Indian Sufi thought in the study of hadith and of ethics in Islam. We are proud to announce that this book is freely available in an open-access enhanced edition thanks to TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem)—a collaboration of the Association of American Universities, the Association of University Presses, and the Association of Research Libraries—and the generous support of Emory University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more at the TOME website: openmonographs.org. The open-access enhanced edition of Hajj to the Heart can be found here: https://manifold.ecds.emory.edu/projects/hajj-to-the-heart


Perilous Pilgrimage and Interconnected Lives
ʿAli Muttaqis Growth
ʿAli Muttaqis Exile
ʿAli Muttaqis Maturity
ʿAli Muttaqis Mission
ʿAli Muttaqis Legacy
ʿAli Muttaqis Memory
Sultans of Gujarat in the MuzaffarShahi Dynasty 14071584
Sufi Lineages of ʿAli Muttaqi and ʿAbd alHaqq Muhaddith Dihlawi
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Scott Kugle is professor of South Asian and Islamic studies at Emory University. His most recent book is When Sun Meets Moon: Gender, Eros, and Ecstasy in Urdu Poetry.

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