Contemporary Relevance of Sufism

Contemporary Relevance of Sufism

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Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): Syeda Saiyidain Hameed
Publisher: Indian Council for Cultural Relations
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 350
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185434050


Emanating from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s interest in Sufism, as expressed in his essay Sarmad Shaheed, an international seminar on Sufism was organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations , which attracted scholars from seventeen countries who contributed fifty papers during the three-day deliberations. This book is a compendium of the presentations.

The book is divided into three sections: 1. Sufism: History and Philosophy 2. Sufism and the Arts 3. Contemporary Relevance of Sufism. Fourteen papers, which have been slotted into the three parts, are the completed texts, while the remaining thirty six are summarized in a separate section.

The articles cover all aspects of Sufism from the deeply philosophical to the essentials of Sufi practice. Several articles on the genesis of Sufism in India cover the movement as it spread from coast to coast, winning people by its creed of love and service to humanity. The practice of Sufism in other parts of the world forms the subject of several other presentations.


SYED SAIYIDAIN HAMEED is the editor of India’s Maulana, in four volumes, written to commemorate the birth centenary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. She has translated and edited Rubaiyat of Sarmad including Azad’s essay Sarmad Shaheed. She is currently a member of National Commission for Women.





Editor’s Note



The Vedant and Sufism: A Comparative Study

The Philosophical and the Mystical
Perspective of Existence with Special
Reference to Maulana Azad

Some Remarks about the Role of the Quran in Ibn Arabi’s Writings

Ameer Khusro in the Presence of His Mentor Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia

Role of Social Service and Women in Sufism

Sufism and the Dignity of Man: Ibn Arabi and Rumi

Advent of the Sufis in Bengal

The Polar Function of the Tasawwuf

Sufism and Turkish Literature


Impact of Sufi Saints on Indian Society and Culture

Influence of Sufism on Literature and Art

The Sufi and the Poet: The Dialectic of Divinity and Humanity


Persian-Hindu Mystical Writings: Quest for a Common Ground

The Role of Sufism in Building the Values of Composite Culture of India


The Metaphysical significance of the Sufi Stations

Saint and its Synonymous Quranic Words

Sufism: Definition, History and Relevance in the Contemporary World

The Spiritual Thoughts of Sufism

Tazkira-e-Tesawwuf and Nisbat-e-Sufia

Origin, Development and Main Characteristics of Chishti Sufis with Special Reference to Syed Ashraf Jahangir

Iqbal and Sufism

Distinguishing Characteristics of the Chishti Sufis

A Sufi Psychological Treatise from India

Sufism: History and Relevance in the Contemporary Work: The Indonesian Experience to view the 21st Century

The Contribution of Khanqa-i-Niazia in Developing Music as a Vehicle for Love and Amity

Anecdotes of a Provincial Sufi of the Delhi Sultanate

Sufism as Reflected in Punjabi Letters

A Brief History of Mawlawiyyah and the Significance of the Mawlawi Rituals

Interpretation of the Sufi Idea of Love and Separation in the Poetry of Kabir and Malik Mohammad Jayesi

Chishtiah order and Secular Approach with Reference to Khwaja Shaikh Fariduddin Shakar Ganj

Maulana Rum’s Contribution to Indian Sufism with Special Reference to the Role of Murshid (Preceptor)

Mevlana on the Perfect Man

A Comparative Study of the Treatment of Futuh in the Principal Chishti Records

Evidence of Social protest in Sufi Literature: A Case Study of Kashmir

Some Rare Manuscripts on Sufism and Their Significance

Sufism Through the Ages in Punjab: Historicity of Shaikh Farid’s Word (Bani) in Adi Granth
Tasawwuf: A Social System

The Contribution of McGill Institute of Islamic Studies to Islamic Mysticism

The Sufi Theory of Knowledge and its Significance in Contemporary World

Localising Islam: Sama in the Royal Court of Chishti Saints

Sufism in Kashmir

Self as a Problem in Islam: A Reading of Abdul Qadir Gilani’s Discourse

Contribution of Sufi Poets to the Language, Literature and Culture of Punjab

Elements of Cultural synthesis as Reflected in the Sufi Literary Works of Mulla Daud and Usman

Impact of Baba Farid on Punjab

Bird Images in Shaikh Farid’s Poetry

Maulana Azad and Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi-A Comparison

Al-Insan Al-Kamil in the Context of the World Culture

Sufi Poetry in Avadhi

Identifying the Quran with God’s Speech: Abul Kalam Azad and the Masalah-yi Khalq-i-Quran