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Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published In:1992
ISBN-10:0521405300
ISBN-13:9780521405300
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:530 gms
Pages:pp. xix + 178, 7 Figures, 3 Maps, Indices, Glossary, Notes, Biblio., Abbreviations, Acknowledgement

The Title "Sufi Saints and State Power The Pirs of Sind, 1843-1947 1st Edition" is written by Sarah F.D. Ansari. This book was published in the year 1992. The ISBN number 0521405300|9780521405300 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. This book also comes in Paperback . This book has total of pp. xix + 178 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Cambridge University Press. We have about 81824 other great books from this publisher. Sufi Saints and State Power The Pirs of Sind, 1843-1947 1st Edition is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

What has been the role of 'local collaborators' in creating and sustaining European colonial empires? In this book, Or Sarah Ansari addresses this question by examining the system of political control constructed by the British in Sind between 1843 and 1947. In particular, she explores the part ot the local Muslim religious elite, the pirs or hereditrary sufi saints, who lad long acted as mediators between rulaers and the ordinary people of the region.

Using a wealth of historical material, Dr Ansari looks at the development of the Institution of pir, its power base and the mechanics of the system of control into which pirs were drawn. The overall success of the political system depended on the willingness of the elite to participate, and The Author argues that, on the whole, it worked well in Sind. This enabled the British to govern while allowing the pirs to adapt to colonial rule and later independence without serious damage to their interests. Dr. Ansari demonstrates how, only in the heightened nationalist atmosphere of the 1940s, did the system seriously break down. Then the most powerful pir rejected the notion of shared interests on which collaboration was based and only force could reimpose Law and order.

This is the first major work to explore the relationship between Muslim religious leaders and the colonial state in a region of India that was distant from the main centres of British power. It also contributes considcrablv to our understanding of the History of Sind - an area of growing historical and contemporary interest. Sufi Saints and State Power will therefore obe of interest o student and specialists of South Asia, or Muslim politics and of the history of colonialism.

About the Author

Dr. Sarah F.D. Ansari is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. She was the assistant editor of and contributed to the Cambridge Encyclopedia of India.

Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction

1. Sind and its pirs up to 1843
2. Creating a system of political control after 1843
3. Challenge to the system : the Pir pagaro
4. Challenge to the system : the Khilafat movement, 1919-1924
5. A more complex system of political control : pirs and politics under the raj, 1900-1947
6. The final challenge : the Pir Pagaro again
Conclusion