ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sociopolitical Evolution of Sufism in Gujarat

Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, c 1400–1650 by Jyoti Gulati Balachandran, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2020; pp xvii+ 227, `1,295.


The present work offers a deep analysis of the interplay and role of Sufi narratives, genealogies, and tomb shrines between the 15th and 17th centuries in producing a social history of the Muslim community in the western Indian region of Gujarat. Focu­sing centrally upon the emergence of the Gujarat Sultanate, the volume delineates a sophi­sticated argument about arti­cu­lations of regional identity, histo­rical memory, and a new political order sha­ped primarily around textual, genealogical, and architectural narratives of the past, produced by and around prominent transregional Sufi lineages, that had been encouraged to settle in eastern Gujarat.

Narrative Pasts: The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, C 1400–1650 is a strikingly fresh and rigorously argued account of the twofold developments that

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Updated On : 26th Mar, 2022
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