Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi

Pages: 160
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic
Illustrations: 1 map

Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi

In the Path of the Prophet

Usha Sanyal

This fascinating biography examines the life and thought of Ahmad Riza khan, the legendary leader of the 20th-century Al-e Sunnat movement.
Hardback
9781851683598 (23 May 2005)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

This book examines the life and thought of Ahmad Riza Khan (1856 - 1921), the legendary leader of the 20th-century Ahl-e Sunnat movement, who represented a strong tendency in South Asian Islam which is sufi, ritualistic, intercessionary, and hierarchical in its social construction. Khan's vision of what it meant to be a good Muslim in his time and day was centered around devotion to the Prophet Muhammad and to following the prophetic sunna as he interpreted it. His movement continues to attract a large following in South Asia and wherever South Asian Muslims have migrated.

 

CONTENTS


Preface

Acknowledgments

 

1 THE EIGHTEENTH- AND NINETEENTH-CENTURY BACKGROUND

The Mughal Empire

The North Indian Successor States

The History of Rohilkhand

British India under the East India Company

 

2 THE MUSLIM RESPONSE

Shah Wali Ullah

Farangi Mahall: Training Employees for the Muslim States

Nineteenth-century Reform Movements

 

3 AHMAD RIZA KHAN: LIFE OF A MUSLIM SCHOLAR

Rampur State

Ahmad Riza's Education and Scholarly Training

Scholarly Imprint of his Father

Exemplary Stories

Sufi Discipleship to Shah Al-e Rasul of Marehra

The Importance of Dreams

Sayyids of the Qadiri Order of Sufis

Going on Pilgrimage, 1878

Ahmad Riza as Mujaddid

Fatwa Writing

Hidden Cues in a Fatwa, or what a Fatwa may not tell us

Ahmad Riza's Fatawa

Two Fatawa Written during Ahmad Riza's Second Pilgrimage to Mecca

Political Issues in the Early Teens and Twenties

Hijrat Movement

Ahmad Riza's Popularity among Core Followers

Passing on the Leadership

 

4 AHMAD RIZA KHAN'S BELIEF SYSTEM AND WORLDVIEW

Ahmad Riza as a Sufi

The Perfect Pir

Controversy about Sufi Intercession

The Three Circles of Discipleship

Shaikh‘Abd al-Qadir Jilani and the Importance of the Qadiri Order

Love of the Prophet

Sufi Rituals

Relations with other Muslims

The Accusations of Unbelief

Relations with Non-Muslims: Hindus and the British

 

5 AHL-E SUNNAT INSTITUTIONS AND SPREAD OF THE MOVEMENT BEYOND BAREILLY

Seminaries (Madrasas)

Printing Presses and Publications

Voluntary Associations and Oral Debates

Generational Fissures in the Movement

Assessment of the Importance of the Movement in Relation to other Movements

 

6 AHMAD RIZA'S LEGACY

Ahmad Riza's ‘Urs in India and Pakistan

Ahl-e Sunnat/Barelwis in the Diaspora

 

Glossary

Major landmarks in South Asian history from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries

Bibliography

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic
Illustrations 1 map

 

About the Author

Usha Sanyal is Adjunct Lecturer at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. Works include: Devotional Islam and Politics in British India: Ahmad Riza Khan and his Movement, 1870 - 1920 (OUP, 1999).