Perspectives on Mughal India: Rulers, Historians, `Ulama and Sufis by Sajida Sultana Alvi

(First published 2012)

This is a collection of scholarly essays on issues dealing with Mughal India. Section I deals with Mughal historiography and a discussion of some primary sources of Mughal history, quite a few of those are untapped and can potentially challenge our view of Mughal Indian society as constructed by tainted British colonial scholarship.

Section II deals with movements of reform in Mughal India especially of Tajdid (Islamic Religious Renewal) and various Sufi movements that spearheaded Tajdid movements in Mughal society with particular emphasis on the Naqshbandiyyah Sufi order.

Section III is quite fascinating in that it sheds light on Shi’ism in Mughal India. It discusses the effect of intra-Muslim conflicts (with reference to Shi’ism) on the role of religion in larger Mughal Indian politics. The rise of an Iranian Shi’i, Muhammad Baqir Najm-i-Thani, at the court of Emperor Jahangir and his (Emperor’s) policies towards larger Shia community are comprehensively discussed probably for the first time.

I will add more later and give a detailed review.

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