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Making SpaceSufis and Settlers in Early Modern India$
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Nile Green

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077961.001.0001

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Re-membering History at the Shrines of Aurangabad

Re-membering History at the Shrines of Aurangabad

(p.260) Chapter Eight Re-membering History at the Shrines of Aurangabad
Making Space

Nile Green

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws on the oral traditions preserved at Sufi shrines in south India to show how the shrines serve as concrete anchors of historical memory that preserve the past into the present. Showing how stories of saints are linked to the memory of kings, empires and settlers, the chapter shows how with the emergence of Muslim communities in India, the institutions of Sufi Islam helped create places of belonging in new homelands. Early modern history and the present day are in this way seen to be connected through oral traditions rooted in specific urban spaces.

Keywords:   Islam, India, shrines, Sufism, cultural memory, oral tradition, hagiography, Mughal, Nizam, Urdu

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