From Sufism to Ahmadiyya

From Sufism to Ahmadiyya : A Muslim Minority Movement in South Asia

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim community represents the followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908), a charismatic leader whose claims of spiritual authority brought him into conflict with most other Muslim leaders of the time. The controversial movement originated in rural India in the latter part of the 19th century and is best known for challenging current conceptions of Islamic orthodoxy. Despite missionary success and expansion throughout the world, particularly in Western Europe, North America, and parts of Africa, Ahmadis have effectively been banned from Pakistan. Adil Hussain Khan traces the origins of Ahmadi Islam from a small Sufi-style brotherhood to a major transnational organization, which many Muslims believe to be beyond the pale of Islam.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 519.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus
  • 0253015235
  • 9780253015235
  • 1,750,545

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Khan examines the origins of the controversial South Asian Ahmadi Islam movement and its progression from a Sufistyle brotherhood to a major international organisation. He explores the persecution members of this movement have faced from other Muslim sects, studying how this experience has shaped Ahmadi identity. 57.5 Oct.-Nov. 2015 * Survival * From Sufism to Ahmadiyya: A Muslim Minority Movement in South Asia is an important book on an area of history that is not well covered. It will be essential reading for all who work on Pakistan or on modern South Asian Islam. * American Historical Review * From Sufism to Ahmadiyya is among the finest works on Islam in modern South Asia that exhibits a remarkable assemblage of intellectual, institutional, and social history. And while focused on a modern context, Khan's command over pre-modern Muslim intellectual traditions shines throughout the book. * Nova Religio * Overall From Sufism to Ahmadiyya adopts a position of responsible scholarly scrutiny to develop several interesting perspectives that shed new light on a sensitive topic. * The Muslim World Book Review *
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About Adil Hussain Khan

Adil Hussain Khan is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.
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Table of contents

Introduction1. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani before Prophethood2. The Prophetic Claims of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad3. Authority, Khilfat, and the Lahori-Qadiani Split4. Politics and the Ahmadiyya Movement under Mirza Bashir al-Din Mahmud Ahmad5. Religion and Politics after Partition: The Ahmadi Jihad for Kashmir6. Early Opposition and the Roots of Ahmadi Persecution7. Persecution in Pakistan and Politicization of Ahmadi IdentityConclusion
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