Perspectives on Mughal India : Rulers,Historians,'Ulama and Sufis by Sajida Sultana Alvi
Foreword by Carl Ernst and Introduction by Syed Nomanul Haq 

300 pages HB 2012  Pakistan

This collection aims to demonstrate that rigorous analysis of historical texts should lead to a better understanding of socio-political developments in their respective historical and cultural contexts. Beginning with an overview of the expansion of Islam in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, the book undertakes a historiographical critique of primary texts of Mughal history. It then turns to the art of governance as studied through historical works and didactic literature, including Islamic ‘Mirrors for Princes.’ It then introduces the reader to the spiritual life of the Naqshbandi Sufis and provides glimpses of their lives as lived. Against the backdrop of political crises and social disorder during the later period of Mughal rule, the book describes the role of the Naqshbandi Sufis and ‘‘Ulamā’ in spearheading the revitalization of the practices of Islam. The ascendancy of Shi’ism in Emperor Jahangir’s administration (1605-27), is amply demonstrated in an account of the rise of Muhammad Baqir Najm-i Sani, a Shi’i émigré from Iran to India and a man of the sword and the pen, who rose to become a powerful noble in Jahangir’s administration. Over a hundred years later, as the Mughal Empire declined, sectarian squabbles between Shi’is and Sunnis are succinctly captured in an analysis of the discourses of Naqshbandi Sufis and Sunni ‘Ulamā’.
About the Author / Editor
Sajida Sultana Alvi is Professor Emerita of Indo-Islamic History and former Chair of Urdu Language and Culture at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Her publications include: Mir’at al-’Alam: History of Emperor Awrangzeb ‘Alamgir, 2 volumes; Advice on the Art of Governance: An Indo Islamic Mirror for Princes (Mauizah-i Jahangiri) of Muhammad Baqir Najm-i Sani; Women in Indonesian Society: Access, Empowerment and Opportunity , co-edited with Atho Mudzhar; and The Muslim Veil in North America: Issues and Debates, co-edited with Homa Hoodfar and Sheila McDonough. She has also published several chapters in scholarly collections of essays; and for community service, Urdu for Children: Book One, 4 volumes and audio cassettes; Urdu for Children: Book Two, 7 volumes and two CDs as editor and project director.

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