The book deals with the socio-religious and economic issues of South Asia. The work highlights the Hagiology of West Asian, North Indian and Bengali Sufi Saints and their role in the spread of Islam in South Asia. Sufi Saints believed in simplicity of life, peace and non-violence and the principles of universal brotherhood, equity and tolerance-the hallmark of Islam. In the recent years Sufi thought and practices have been wrongly conceived to be separate from the main Islam and presented as an extension of socalled secular framework. Spirituality and spiritual practices are the kernel of Islam so
the author has rightly tried to see the genesis and journey of Sufi movement within its natural boundaries. They preached oneness of God among the South Asian masses and many of them accepted their call and the true spirit of religion. In fact the Muslim proslytization of South Asia did not begin with coercion and bloodshed; the first reversions were made by its Sufi Saints. South Asian contact with the Muslims began much earlier than its conquest in the eleventh century. The work provides a valuable material not only for the students and scholars of Muslim History and culture but also
for the general educated people (Muslims and non-Muslims) who are interested in getting acquainted with the true nature and message of Sufi Saints and their role in the spread of Islam in South Asia.
Dr. Muhammad Ismail was born on 09 January 1958, in Village, Bholagoria, P.O. Panrui, near Santiniketan district, Birbhum, West Bengal. He did his MA, M.Phil and Ph.D, In Islamic Studies from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, U.P., India. He has obtained, Diploma in Arabic, Diploma in Turkish and Cert. in Persian, also from A.M.U., Aligarh. Currently he is working on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (in Bengali).
Dr. Muhammad Ismail
ISBN : 978-81-7139-375-6
Price : Rs750
Edn. : 2018