The Patronage of Saintly Space in the Early Modern Deccan

Nile Green

in Making Space

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080991 | DOI:
The Patronage of Saintly Space in the Early Modern Deccan

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This chapter examines the creation of a sacred Muslim geography or ‘memory space’ in south India (‘the Deccan’) from the sixteenth to eighteenth century. Looking at a large number of shrines built to Sufi holy men – many of them migrants from distant places – it traces the step by step creation of a concrete apparatus of cultural memory. The links of saints to Mughal and other Muslim elites is examined as part of the process of patronage, while Persian sources are used to give a sense of the pilgrimage and other ritual performances hosted at these mausoleum shrines.

Keywords: Islam; India; Deccan; mausoleum; shrine; cultural memory; memory space; patronage; Mughal; pilgrimage

Chapter.  19609 words.  Illustrated.

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