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Sociopolitical Evolution of Sufism in Gujarat

Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, c 1400–1650 by Jyoti Gulati Balachandran, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2020; pp xvii+ 227, `1,295.


The present work offers a deep analysis of the interplay and role of Sufi narratives, genealogies, and tomb shrines between the 15th and 17th centuries in producing a social history of the Muslim community in the western Indian region of Gujarat. Focusing centrally upon the emergence of the Gujarat Sultanate, the volume delineates a sophisticated argument about articulations of regional identity, historical memory, and a new political order shaped primarily around textual, genealogical, and architectural narratives of the past, produced by and around prominent transregional Sufi lineages, that had been encouraged to settle in eastern Gujarat.

Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, C 14001650 is a strikingly fresh and rigorously argued account of the twofold developments that

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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