Migrant Sufis and Sacred Space

Nile Green

in Making Space

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080991 | DOI:
Migrant Sufis and Sacred Space

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This chapter surveys the widespread phenomenon of the migrant Sufi saint in South Asian history. It examines how non-Indian origins were important to the success of Sufis and how these holy migrants were often connected to larger communities of migrants. After the general survey section, the chapter turns to two case studies that show how migration could be both real and imagined, with the prestige of non-Indian origins leading to exaggerations or changes in the biographies of particular Muslim saints.

Keywords: Islam; Sufism; migration; sainthood; Muslim saints; Persian; Urdu; sacred space; cultural geography; shrine

Chapter.  10604 words.  Illustrated.

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