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The Sufi Paradigm and the Makings of a Vernacular Knowledge in Colonial India

The Case of Sindh (1851–1929)

Authors: Boivin, Michel

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  • Explores the historical encountering between two religious cultures that today are mostly perceived as being antagonistic
  • Provides an innovative perspective on how the colonized escaped the control of the colonizers through the building of their own vernacular knowledge
  • Documents the history of 19th and early 20th century Sindh through the lens of Sufi paradigm, and re-organization of religious milieu through colonial intervention
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This book demonstrates how a local elite built upon colonial knowledge to produce a vernacular knowledge that maintained the older legacy of a pluralistic Sufism. As the British reprinted a Sufi work, Shah Abd al-Latif Bhittai's Shah jo risalo, in an effort to teach British officers Sindhi, the local intelligentsia, particularly driven by a Hindu caste of professional scribes (the Amils), seized on the moment to promote a transformation from traditional and popular Sufism (the tasawuf)  to a Sufi culture (Sufiyani saqafat). Using modern tools, such as the printing press, and borrowing European vocabulary and ideology, such as Theosophical Society, the intelligentsia used Sufism as an idiomatic matrix that functioned to incorporate difference and a multitude of devotional traditions—Sufi, non-Sufi, and non-Muslim—into a complex, metaphysical spirituality that transcended the nation-state and filled the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional voids of postmodernity.


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Michel Boivin is the Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS), affiliated with The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and The School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), France. He holds a PHD in Oriental Languages, Civilisations and Societies from Sorbonne University. He was trained in contemporary history and anthropology, with specializations in Islamic and South Asian Studies. He has authored or edited fourteen books, the most recent of which are  The Hindu Sufis of South AsiaDiscovering Sindh’s Past (with Matthew A. Cook and Julien Levesque, 2019), Devotional Islam in Contemporary South Asia (with Remy Delage, 2015), and the Historical Dictionary of the Sufi Culture of Sindh in Pakistan and in India (2015).


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook 67,40 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-41991-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sufi Paradigm and the Makings of a Vernacular Knowledge in Colonial India
Book Subtitle
The Case of Sindh (1851–1929)
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41991-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41991-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41990-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 318
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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