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Sharing the SacredPracticing Pluralism in Muslim North India$
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Anna Bigelow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368239.001.0001

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Chapter 1. The Saint: Shaykh Sadruddin Sadri Jahan

Chapter 1. The Saint: Shaykh Sadruddin Sadri Jahan

(p.32) Chapter 1. The Saint: Shaykh Sadruddin Sadri Jahan
Sharing the Sacred

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There are numerous histories of Haider Shaikh, the fifteenth-century Sufi saint who founded the town. Comparing the various written and oral versions (published, unpublished, and interview accounts) of his life illustrates the rhetorical techniques through which various interlocutors memorialize the saint. Drawing on insights about the use of memory in the construction of history, this chapter explores how the saint’s life in its many versions generates a shared idiom of piety through which Malerkotla residents as well as pilgrims from outside the town are able to imagine and articulate Haider Shaikh’s legacy.

Keywords:   Sufi, saint, memory, Haider Shaikh, shared piety

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