Sufism in Jammu

  • Dr R. Subramony Associate professor and Head Department of English (Autonomous) Madurai

Abstract

Sufism entered the Indian subcontinent in the twelfth century as a new socio-religious force.  Within a short period, it mushroomed to different parts of India. Fro Punjab to Rajputana, from Jammu and Kashmir to Kerala, sufism influenced the life and thought of the people. Though on the eve of its advent, Muslim population in most parts of India was virtually negligible, yet the sufis hardly faced any local resistance to their activities. Sufism reviewed enthusiastic social response. It adjusted itself with the indigenous cultural modes in a smooth manner. As a result, it became a catalyst in shaping and consolidating the Indian regional identities from the thirteenth century onwards. In this context, sufi shrines of the different regions-Ajodhan, Sirhins, Delhi, Ajmer and Gulbarga – played a significant role. For example, Richard Maxwell Eaton has shown that the sufis of Bijapur contributed tremendously to the promotion of vernacular idiom and Dakhani language.

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2019-06-07
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Subramony, D. R. (2019). Sufism in Jammu. IJOHMN (International Journal Online of Humanities), 5(3), 22. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijohmn.v5i3.114