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Reform and Renewal in South Asian Islam: The Chishti-Sabris in 18th—19th Century North India

Moin Ahmad Nizami


Of the many Sufi orders that have operated in South Asia, the Chishtī order is the oldest and the most popular. This book examines the traditions, rituals, experiences, and legacy of the Sābrī branch of the Chishtī order. Challenging the notion of Sufism as an ossified relic of the past, it presents evidence of growing interaction, accommodation, and intermingling within Sufi orders. It also highlights the active involvement of the Chishtī-Sābrīs in the much discussed reformist upsurge in north India and explains how they addressed questions posed by colonial rule while still adhering to their ... More

Keywords: Sufism, Chishtī-Sābrīs, revivalism, qasbah, ulama, Muslim networks, North India, Imdadullah, colonialism, Deoband, reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199469345
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199469345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moin Ahmad Nizami, author
Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies