Sufi Traditions and Hindu-Muslim Interactions

Raziuddin Aquil

in Sufism, Culture, and Politics

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780195685121
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081325 | DOI:
Sufi Traditions and Hindu-Muslim Interactions

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This chapter considers the significance of miracles in Sufi fraternities of the Afghan period which was a significant source of their authority. It looks at the authoritative collection of the biographies of the Sufis, Akhbar-ul-Akhyar of Abdul Haqq Muhaddis Dihlawi, himself a saint of considerable reputation and an eminent Traditionist or scholar of the traditions of the Prophet. There is a possibility that the stories of miracles may have sprung up among the beleaguered Afghans under the Mughals when Abdul Haqq recorded them in his work. The chapter looks at the Sufis' valuable contribution to what is traditionally referred to as syncretism and synthesis in the field of religion and culture. The chapter also studies miracles and conversion and the role it played in recognition of spiritual power. It also attempts to understand the ulama's efforts to establish their own interpretation of the shari'at or Islamic law as a way of life in the realm.

Keywords: miracles; Sufis; Afghans; Mughals; Akhbar-ul-Akhyar; Abdul Haqq Muhaddis Dihlawi; conversion; spiritual power; Islamic law; syncretism

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