Sufi Saints and State Power: The Pirs of Sind, 1843 1947

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Juli 2003



Using a wealth of historical material and in-depth interviews, the author looks at the development of the institution of the pir, its power base and the mechanics of the system of control into which the pirs were drawn. The overall success of the political system depended on the willingness of the elite to participate and Dr. Ansari argues that it did indeed work in Sind. This enabled the British to govern while allowing the pirs to adapt to colonial rule, and later independence, without serious damage to their interests.


List of maps and illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; A note on spelling; Introduction; 1. Sind and its pirs up to 1843; 2. Creating a system of political control after 1843; 3. Challenge to the system: the pir pagaro and the 1890s Hur rebellion; 4. Challenge to the system: the Khilafat movement 1919-1924; 5. A more complex system of control: pirs and politics under the Raj, 1900-1947; 6. The final challenge: the pir Pagaro again; Epilogue; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography.


"Overall, scholars will find much in Ansari's work on Sufi saints and state power in Sind to incorporate into larger theoretical frameworks about imperialism or the history of South Asia." Michael H. Fisher, American Historical Review
EAN: 9780521522984
ISBN: 0521522986
Untertitel: 'Cambridge South Asian Studies'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2003
Seitenanzahl: 200 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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