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Ajmer Sharif
Awakening of Sufism in South Asia
Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 228 x 228mm
All colour; 190 photographs

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Ajmer Sharif, the heart of homage for thousands of all faiths, welcomes a tidal wave of humanity for the saint known as Gharib Nawaz (Benefactor of the Poor), whose spiritual order is the most lyrical and inclusive. This book showcases the absolute necessity of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in our conflicted times. Today, he is a signpost of unity; a reminder of the relevance of Sufism as a conduit of harmony and justice. These pages narrate the story of the founder of the Chishti Sufi Order in South Asia—who knew that hunger supersedes doctrines—and of his movement, which began in a mud hut over eight centuries ago. Muinuddin Chishti brought qawwali, the genre of Sufi devotional recitals, and the ideal of acceptance to the world. He discouraged religious supremacy and patriarchy by example—his wife was a central leader and his only daughter became a caliph—an aspect practised at his seat, but cast off by other shrines of his lineage. An elaborately researched oeuvre on the history, spiritual journey, mystical power and legacy of the 12th century Sufi giant—rich with accounts of Mughal devotees, monuments, rituals and over 200 unique, evocative photographs—Ajmer Sharif traces the life of the saint and reveals the living force of his shrine.


Reviews of 'Ajmer Sharif: Awakening of sufism in South Asia'

1.   "The book features in-depth articles on history of the place and documents the saint's spiritual journey. More than 200 photographs of monuments, rituals and pilgrims at Ajmer Sharif are also part of the book, which makes it a visual treat".

-Hindustan Times.


2.   "This book showcases the absolute necessity of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in our conflicted times. Today, he is a signpost of unity; a reminder of the relevance of Sufism as a conduit of harmony and justice".

-Millennium Post 


3.   "An in-depth researched work on the history and spiritual journey of the Sufi saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti, the book describes the life and times of the Saint and the continued relevance of his much-visited shrine at Ajmer Sharif".

-Millennium Post 



Reema Abbasi
Reema Abbasi
Author

Reema Abbasi was the recipient of the Gender in Journalism Award 2003 from UNESCO for the most gender sensitive reportage. A journalist for 19 years, she began with culture and lifestyle at The News International, moved on to crime and socio-political writing with The Herald magazine and then became an Assistant Editor and editorial writer at the newspaper Dawn. At present, she is a columnist, and an independent contributor with international newspapers, and a regular commentator on socio-political issues. In the last decade, her writings have maintained a rabid focus on the values of secularism. With her last book Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience she aimed to stir a discourse that dispels intolerance towards any faith and shuns the concept of religious power.  She attended Sherborne School for Girls in England and St. Joseph’s College in Karachi, Pakistan. Her other passions include travel, arts and culture.  She received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for the literary personality of the year, 2014, at the Fifth Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards.

Mehru Jaffer
Mehru Jaffer
Foreword

Mehru Jaffer is a Lucknow-based journalist. She is an editor-at-large for The Citizen, an independent online daily news portal, and the author of The Book of Muhammad, The Book of Muinuddin Chishti and The Book of Nizamuddin Auliya. At the University of Vienna, she has taught Islam in South Asia at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, and Gender and Religion in India at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.