xv, 447p., Abb., Gloss., App., Bib., Index, 23 cm. (Islamic Heritage in Cross-Cultural Perspectives No. 3) (First pub. in 2002)
CONTENTS:- 1. The Masters of the Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya Mazhariyya Na‘imiyya: Shaikh Mirza Jan-i Janan (1111/1701-1195/1781); Mirza ‘Mazhar’ Jan-i Janan : Life and Thought; Shah Na‘im Allah Bahraichi (1153/1740-1218/1803); Shah Murad Allah Thanesari Faruqi Mujaddidi (1166/1752-1248/1833); Sayyid Maulana Shah Abul Hasan Nashirabadi (1198/1784-1272/1856); Maulana Khalifat al-Rahman Ahmad ‘Ali Khan Mau Rashidabadi (d. 1307/1889); Maulana Shah Fadl Ahmad Khan Ra’ipuri (AD 1838-1907); Mahatma Ramcandraji Fatehgarhi (AD 1873-1931); Mahatma Paramsant Brija Mohan Lal Kanpuri (AD 1898-1955). 2. The Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya Mazhariyya at Delhi: Continuity in the Tradition: Man and his Role in the Universe; The Constitution of the Human Being in the Light of the Science of the Subtle Centres; The Stages of the Path in the Light of the Science of the Subtle Centres; Methods and Techniques for Spiritual Realisation in the Light of the Science of the Subtle; Centres; Dhikr — Muraqaba; The Master-disciple Relationship; 3. The Doctrine and Methodology of the Hindu Sufis at Fatehgarh and Kanpur: Continuity and Gradual Assimilation: Socio-Political Circumstances and Religious Environment; The Perception of Metaphysical Reality; The Coming into Being of the Universe; The Realms of the Universe; The Constitution of Man and the Science of the Subtle Centres; The Higher Stages of Spiritual Realisation; The Techniques of Spiritual Realisation; 4. The Emergence of Regional Hindu Sub-Branches: A Kayasth Path to Liberation?: Mathura: Personal Cult or Pathway Towards Liberation?; The Teachings; Shahjahanpur: A Universal Movement; The Teachings; Sikandarabad: Santmat or Tashawwuf?; The Teachings; Delhi: Continuity in Diversity.
The common heritage of India is an active concept expressing itself in the myriad forms of integration of diverse cultures and traditions. Change and Continuity in Indian Sufism explores this common heritage through a study of the esoteric relationship between India's two major religious traditions, Hinduism and Islam as expressed in the sufi tradition. Dr. Thomas Dahnhardt focuses on the evolution of the Indian lineage of the Naqshbandiyya, generally known as the Mujaddidiyya, in Indian sufism as an example of the intense spiritual symbiosis between the Hindu and Muslim communities. Based on a field study among the Hindu and Muslim representatives of the Naqshbandiyya lineage, he presents a social and historical study of the Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya, surveying the various masters of the tradition and taking up specifically the establishment of a new khanaqah of the Mazhariyya branch of the Mujaddidiyyal in Old Delhi, one of the most important Naqshbandi centres of the tradition in the Indian subcontinent. The work goes in detail into the emergence, doctrines and methodology of the Hindu offshoot of the Mujaddidiyya Mazhariyya along with creation of regional sub-Hindu branches. The book would be useful to scholars of inter-religious studies, Sufism and Indian religious traditions as well as general readers interested in the process of integration of traditions and communities.