Exploring the elite world in the Siyar al-Awliyā’: Urban elites, their lineages and social networks

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Abstract

Composed by Amīr Khwurd around the middle of the fourteenth century, the Siyar al-Awliyā’ presents a coherent history of the Chishti spiritual order (silsilah) in the Indian subcontinent from the early thirteenth to the mid-fourteenth century. Historians have mined the text for information on Sufis and Sufism while ignoring its special attributes. This article makes a historiographical and methodological intervention by showing how a Sufi biographical compendium (tazkira) can be used to write a history of the Muslim society and an incipient Chishti fraternity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-270
Number of pages30
JournalIndian Economic and Social History Review
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 27 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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