Brahmins and Sufis in a Landscape of Narratives

Nile Green

in Making Space

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080991 | DOI:
Brahmins and Sufis in a Landscape of Narratives

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This chapter places Sufis into a competitive Indian geography of multiple holy men whose shrines and other physical outposts competed for followers in early modern and early colonial India. Developing the concept of a ‘narrative landscape’, the chapter traces how India’s geography was made meaningful through the different (and at times conflicting) stories told about its past, stories which mirrored claims over the land in the present. The chapter focuses on stories told in Marathi and Indo-Persian about the great fortress of Daulatabad and how that symbol of military power was linked to stories of the miraculous powers of Brahmin and Sufi blessed men.

Keywords: Sufism; Brahmin; geography; Marathi; Maharashtra; conflict; narrative landscape; Daulatabad; Indo-Persian; military power

Chapter.  10310 words.  Illustrated.

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