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Title : Lovers of God: Sufism and the Politics of Islam in Medieval India
Author : Raziuddin Aquil
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9789350981627
Pages : 210
Year of Pub : 2017
Price : Rs 895.00
   
 
 

This book addresses some of the fiercely contested issues about religion and politics in medieval India, especially with regard to the crucial presence of Sufis who styled themselves as friends and lovers of God. Enjoying widespread veneration even in situations of hostility with regard to Islam and Muslims in general, Sufis are central to an understanding of religious interactions and community relations historically.
The chapters included in the book can be read as stand-alone pieces focussing on some of the most fascinating as well as contentious themes in medieval Indian history – subjects and issues which are otherwise either left untouched by historians because of their sensitive nature from the point of view of modern day secularism or abused by interested parties in their communal propaganda. When read as a monograph, the volume as a whole attempts to combat all kinds of intellectual absurdities, which mar our understating of the place of Islam in medieval Indian history, especially the significant presence of Sufis who were devoted to the love of God and service to humanity.

Raziuddin Aquil is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi. He has published widely on religious practices, literary cultures and historical traditions in medieval and early modern India.

 

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