This dictionary is the first work to provide a fairly comprehensive account of the Sufis of the subcontinent. Besides giving the Sufis of Kashmir their due place, it also contains an account of a good number of Sufis of other regions as well. Sufism was viewed as a religion of pristine spirit and simplicity, emphasizing individual ethical responsibility as its essential ingredient. Did the Sufis` abiding influence on individual and social conciousness not ensure the genuine spiritual and historical traditions of Islam in South Asia? This biographical dictionary seeks to answer this question in the face of waning modern politico-religious threats to Islamic spirituality.
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