By Itzchak Weismann

ISBN-10: 0203947436

ISBN-13: 9780203947432

ISBN-10: 041532243X

ISBN-13: 9780415322430

ISBN-10: 041548992X

ISBN-13: 9780415489928

The Naqshbandiyya is among the such a lot frequent and influential Sufi orders within the Muslim international. Having its origins within the nice Masters culture of important Asia virtually a millennium in the past, it performed an important position within the pre-modern historical past of the Indian subcontinent and the Ottoman Empire, and continues to be spreading this day. This quantity seeks to provide a extensive photograph of the evolution of the guidelines and organizational kinds of the Naqshbandi order all through its historical past. It combines a synthesis of the gigantic literature at the order with unique examine, and might be a huge contribution for these attracted to Sufism, Islamic historical past and Muslim-Christian kin.

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Neither the worldly nor the religious aspects of Ahrar’s activity went unchallenged. There is a marked difference between the perception of Ahrar’s influence on Central Asian politics in the second half of the fifteenth century in the Timurid chronicles and in the Naqshbandi hagiographies. 4 Be that as it may, under the increasingly enfeebled Timurid state, Ahrar, at the head of his faction, wielded considerable political power. The mission he undertook was to protect what may be construed as the civil society of his day.

On Baha’uddin’s death ‘Attar was recognized as his successor by all other disciples, including Parsa. This may have been due to his considerable yet sober spiritual powers, as well as to Parsa’s dislike of friction. Before proceeding with our historical narration, however, it is necessary to examine the Khwajagan setting of the early Naqshbandis and the major mystical ideas and practices that emerged from it. The Khwajagan setting Among the settled populations of Central Asia, the term khwajagan originally referred to the upper stratum of Turkish nobles and sayyid families (those claiming descent from the Prophet) in general.

The Khwajagan setting Among the settled populations of Central Asia, the term khwajagan originally referred to the upper stratum of Turkish nobles and sayyid families (those claiming descent from the Prophet) in general. Only during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries did khwaja come to denote exclusively a man of religion, primarily of the mystical type. The later usage, however, was already in vogue in what has sometimes been described as the protoNaqshbandi phase, the period that stretched from ‘Abdulkhaliq Ghijduwani, the legendary founder of the Khwajagan tradition, to Baha’uddin Naqshband.

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