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Provincial HinduismReligion and Community in Gwalior City$
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Daniel Gold

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212483.001.0001

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Sufi Shrines for Hindu Devotees

Sufi Shrines for Hindu Devotees

(p.66) 2 Sufi Shrines for Hindu Devotees
Provincial Hinduism

Daniel Gold

Oxford University Press

The chapter explores some Sufi shrines in Gwalior and asks why Hindus go to them, particularly in an era that has seen the rise of Hindu nationalism. The chapter first looks briefly at Sufi shrines as religious places, early Muslim rule in the area, and some possible significances of a Muslim saint for a Gwalior Hindu. It then focuses on a small but centrally located and very popular shrine called Mir Badshah, looking at its legendary relationship to the last ruling house, the Hindu Scindias, and its popular appeal despite the lack of any attested Sufi lineage. It is compared with Khwaja Khanoon, which has an old lineage, and with some other simple, less prestigious Sufi shrines. It concludes with an analysis of how the Muslim otherness of the shrine (and the qawwali music played there) might contribute to a Hindu’s perception of its power.

Keywords:   Sufi, shrine, qawwali, Mir Badshah, Scindia, Khwaja Khanoon, Hindu nationalism

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