Making Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India

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Oxford University Press, Feb 16, 2012 - Religion
How could settlement emerge in an early modern 'world on the move'? How did the Sufis imprint their influence on the cultural memory of their communities? Weaving together investigations of architecture, ethnography, local history, and migration, Making Space offers bold new insights into Indian, Islamic, and comparative early modern history. Nile Green explores the tensions between mobility and locality through the ways in which Sufi Islam responded to the cultural demands of moving and settling. Central to this process were the shrines, rituals, and narratives of the saints. Tracing how different Muslim communities located their sense of belonging, this book shows how Afghan, Mughal, and Hindustani Muslims constructed new homelands while remembering different places of origin.

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List of Illustrations
The Migration of a Muslim Ritual
Tribe Diaspora and Sainthood in IndoAfghan History
Migrant Sufis and Sacred Space
The Patronage of Saintly Space in the Early Modern
The Uses of Books in a Late Mughal Takiyya
Brahmins and Sufis in a Landscape of Narratives
Remembering History at the Shrines of Aurangabad

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