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Sufi Heirs of the Prophet: The Indian Naqshbandiyya and the Rise of the Mediating Sufi Shaykh (Studies in Comparative Religion)

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ISBN-13: 978-1570032011
ISBN-10: 1570032017
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"It is heartening to see such important questions - on change, and on the complex relationship between authority, colonial society and Sufism in India and Pakistan - raised and engaged in such an insightful and stimulating manner." - Journal of Islamic Studies" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Religion
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570032017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570032011
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,463,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Jehangir on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book fulfills two roles: it provides a very good history of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order in general and it also looks in detail at the life of one of the greatest Sufi saints of the 19th/20th century Sayyedina Ameer al Millat Grandshaykh Pir Sayyid Jama'at Ali Shah Naqshbandi (may Allah be pleased with him) of Alipur Sharif, Pakistan, as a case study. It is a welcome first look at this great saint and also it gives detailed information on Naqshbandi Sufi practices and beliefs. It should appeal to all those interested in tassawuf and also of religion in the Subcontinent as well as to the millions of admirers and disciples of Grandshaykh, Hazrat Amir al Millat who was the Ghawth [spiritual helper] of his age. I gave it only 4 stars just because in style it is very academic and meant for the specialist student of Sufism and not for the lay-person; yet with a bit of application all can benefir from this book and discover real Islam from a Master.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Necdet Tosun on November 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book contains a lot of subjects. But, its most important chapters are on Naqshbandi sufi practises, in my opinion. It gave detailed information about dhikr, lataif and muraqabat which formulated in the Mujaddidi phase. I cogratulates the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Farseem Mohammedy on June 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is highly informative of technical details in Naqshbandi order practices. The author took great pains to unravel so many arabic, persian and urdu sources. But its not comprehensive, in the sense that it does not provide a consistent picture of the whole. The writing is haphazard and you need to have considerable background to read this book. Otherwise it takes one of the Pakistani shaykhs as a case study and goes into details of Naqshbandi practices, shaykh-disciple relationship, religio-social backgrounds etc. Surprisingly it did not cover, nor mention, any of the other lineages in India-Bangladesh, of the Mujaddidiya order. Good information but bad style of conveying it.
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By ayoow114 on November 18, 2010
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I can say that this product is very useful,especially for those who are interested in

comparative studies of religion. Thank you
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