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Wandering Sufis : Qalandars and Their Path

Kumkum Srivastava

Published by Aryan, New Delhi, 2009
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Contents Foreword. Preface. Introduction. 1. Sufism concept nature and origin. 2. Sufi orders. 3. Antinomian cults with specific reference to the Qalandars and the Qalandariya path. 4. The shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Tusi Haydari Qalandari the Matkey Shah of Purana Qila Mathura Road Delhi. 5. The shrine of Hazrat Sharfuddin Bu Ali Shah Qalandar of Panipat (Haryana) one of the two and a half Qalandars. 6. Organization and practices at the shrines. Concluding observations. Appendices i. Qalandar in poetry and prose. ii. Qawwalis sung at the shrine of Bu Ali Shah. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. This work is a comparative study of two Sufi shrines one located in Delhi and the other at Panipat (Haryana) which are affiliated to an antinomian order known as the Qalandar. Antinomian groups do not follow the Islamic tenets as enshrined in the Shariat and that is why they are called Beshara (without the law). Sufi orders following the Shariat are known as Bashara (with law). Although the Beshara are divided into a large number of groups most of which have disappeared with the passage of time the group that has caught social imagery in India (and also South Asia) is of the Qalandars. This study conducted from the perspective of historical anthropology combining the first hand fieldwork with a study of historical documents shows that the Qalandar saints deviated considerably from the cultural practices for which they were infamous. Being Qalandar therefore was more a matter of mind and thought than of living in that way. The shrines chosen for study are of Abu Bakr (in Dalhi) and Bu Ali (in Panipat). The study compares their respective histories and social organizations submitting that when Sufi shrines was Waqf managed then they are far more Islamized than otherwise. Further this study shows that the theoretical distinction made between Bashara and Beshara is blurred in reality. Unless one is told that Abu Bakr and Bu Ali were Qalandar saints one would not come to know about their affiliation from an empirical study of their shrines. Social life in these shrines in similar to that of the Chishti (and other Bashara) shrines. Historically it appears that the rebelliousness of Qalandars decreased when they settled down and in some cases had their Khanqahs. They also established the relations of cordiality and symbiosis with Chishti saints. In other words this work is a contribution to the understanding of Sufism as it is practiced in India. 267 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 73240

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Title: Wandering Sufis : Qalandars and Their Path

Publisher: Aryan, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

Edition: New

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