Journal Article

ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq Dihlawī, an Accidental Revivalist: Knowledge and Power in the Passage from Delhi to Makka

Scott Kugle

in Journal of Islamic Studies

Published on behalf of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Volume 19, issue 2, pages 196-246
Published in print May 2008 | ISSN: 0955-2340
Published online March 2008 | e-ISSN: 1471-6917 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jis/etn002
ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq Dihlawī, an Accidental Revivalist: Knowledge and Power in the Passage from Delhi to Makka

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ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq Muḥaddith Dihlawī (d. 1642) was a renowned Islamic reformer in Mughal Delhi. His life is well documented in hagiographic and biographic records. This study argues that ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq's mature endeavour to reform society, through revival of the study of scriptural sciences and moderation of Sufi practice, did not arise solely from within his person nor purely in reaction to his South Asian environment. Rather, he was an inter-regional, multi-lingual Sufi–scholar whose mature efforts at reform were built on the legitimacy, scholarship and discipline that he acquired earlier in his travels to the Hijaz and through his training under Shaykh ʿAbd al-Wahhab Muttaqi (d. 1592). ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq's mature vision is an outcome of his discipleship in ‘the Muttaqi method’, which can be traced to Shaykh ʿAli Muttaqi (d. 1567–8), who was both a ḥadīth scholar and Sufi master.

Journal Article.  23155 words. 

Subjects: History ; Islam ; Regional and Area Studies

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