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Dargahs : Abodes of the Saints

Mumtaz Currim and George Michell

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ISBN 10: 8185026653 / ISBN 13: 9788185026657
Published by Marg Pub, Mumbai, 2004
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Contents Preface. 1. The many faces of devotion/Karoki Lewis. 2. Introduction Dargahs the abodes of peace/Bruce B. Lawrence. 3. Delhi Dargah of Shaykh Nizamuddin Awliya/Abdur Rahman Momin. 4. Fatehpur Sikri Dargah of Shaykh Salim Chishti/Michael Brand. 5. Ajmer Dargah of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti/Ali S. Asani. 6. Bihar Sharif Dargah of Shaykh Sharafuddin Maneri/Paul Jackson. 7. Ahmadabad Dargahs of Shaykh Ahmad Khattu and Hazrat Shah Alam/Mumtaz Currim. 8. Mahim Dargah of Mukhdum Ali Mahimi/Abdus Sattar Dalvi. 9. Khuldabad Dargahs of Shaykh Burhanuddin Gharib and Shaykh Zaynuddin Shirazi/Carl W. Ernst. 10. Gulbarga Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Bandanawaz Gisudaraz/Syed Shah Khusro Hussaini. 11. Nagore Dargah of Hazrat Shahul Hamid/Vasudha Narayanan. Appendix. Glossary. Index. The Dargahs of India are testaments to the widespread belief in the spiritual teachings and supernatural powers of Muslim saints. Known most commonly in India as Shaykhs these saints mostly belonged to various mystical Sufi orders that traced their origins to Northeastern Iran and Central Asia some going back as far as the 9 10 centuries. Devotees regularly visit the tombs of these Shaykhs known as Dargahs to seek spiritual solace and the fulfilment of their personal needs. At the urs festivities marking the death anniversaries of individual saints Dargahs become the destination of huge crowds of pilgrims who arrive from all over the country and abroad. The remarkable popularity of these shrines is explained by the fact that Dargahs have always appealed to all levels of society from sultans and powerful elites to ordinary people both Muslim and non Muslim. Even women are welcome a privilege often denied them within the more orthodox confines of mosques and theological colleges. Today many thousands of Dargahs are in active worship in India not counting those in Pakistan and Bangladesh. However the authors of this volume focus on eleven of the most historically and significant shrines in India from Delhi Ajmer and Fatehpur Sikri in the north to Khuldabad and Gulbarga in the Deccan and Nagore on the Bay of Bengal in the South and from Ahmadabad in the west and Mahim (Mumbai) on the Arabian Sea coast to Bihar Sharif in the east. The articles are illustrated with evocative photographs by Karoki Lewis. 152 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 54377

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Title: Dargahs : Abodes of the Saints

Publisher: Marg Pub, Mumbai

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

Edition: New

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Dargahs testify to the widespread belief in the teachings and supernatural powers of Sufi saints. This volume focuses on eleven historically significant ones in India.

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George Michell trained as an architect in Melbourne, and then obtained a PhD in Indian Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a dissertation on Early Chalukya temples. Since then he has undertaken numerous documentation and research projects, most recently with John M. Fritz at Hampi. Surendra Kumar studied information technology in Bengaluru, and now works part-time as a photographer, specializing in panoramic topographic views. His work has been spectacularly showcased in Discovering the Deccan (Pictor, Mumbai)

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