Ajmer Sharif: Awakening of Sufism in South Asia

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ISBN Number 9789385285646
Author Reema Abbasi
Copyright Year 2017
Book Binding Hardcover
Page Count 176 Pages
Dimensions (Cms) 23.5 X 23.5 X 1.5 Cms
Language English
Publisher Niyogi Books
Stock Status In Stock
Category Coffee Table Book : Religion
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Ajmer Sharif, the heart of homage for thousands of all faiths, welcomes a tidal wave of humanity for the saint known as Gharib Nawaz (Benefactor of the Poor), whose spiritual order is the most lyrical and inclusive. This book showcases the absolute necessity of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in our conflicted times. Today, he is a signpost of unity; a reminder of the relevance of Sufism as a conduit of harmony and justice. These pages narrate the story of the founder of the Chishti Sufi Order in South Asia—who knew that hunger supersedes doctrines—and of his movement, which began in a mud hut over eight centuries ago. Muinuddin Chishti brought qawwali, the genre of Sufi devotional recitals, and the ideal of acceptance to the world. He discouraged religious supremacy and patriarchy by example—his wife was a central leader and his only daughter became a caliph—an aspect practised at his seat but cast off by other shrines of his lineage. An elaborately researched oeuvre on the history, spiritual journey, mystical power and legacy of the 12th-century Sufi giant—rich with accounts of Mughal devotees, monuments, rituals and over 200 unique, evocative photographs—Ajmer Sharif traces the life of the saint and reveals the living force of his shrine.

Reema Abbasi

Reema Abbasi was the recipient of the Gender in Journalism Award 2003 from UNESCO for the most gender sensitive reportage. A journalist for 19 years, she began with culture and lifestyle at The News International, moved on to crime and socio-political writing with The Herald magazine and then became an Assistant Editor and editorial writer at the newspaper Dawn. At present, she is a columnist, and an independent contributor with international newspapers, and a regular commentator on socio-political issues. In the last decade, her writings have maintained a rabid focus on the values of secularism. With her last book Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience she aimed to stir a discourse that dispels intolerance towards any faith and shuns the concept of religious power. She attended Sherborne School for Girls in England and St. Joseph’s College in Karachi, Pakistan. Her other passions include travel, arts and culture. She received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for the literary personality of the year, 2014, at the Fifth Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards.

Mehru Jaffer

Mehru Jaffer is a Lucknow-based journalist. She is an editor-at-large for The Citizen, an independent online daily news portal, and the author of The Book of Muhammad, The Book of Muinuddin Chishti and The Book of Nizamuddin Auliya. At the University of Vienna, she has taught Islam in South Asia at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, and Gender and Religion in India at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.


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