Manas. Studies into Asia and Africa.

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Manas 3 (2017), 2.

Published on 03.11.2017

ISSN: 2367-6256

Rousseva-Sokolova, Galina. On Sufism In India And Some Of Its Literary Incarnations. – In: Manas: The Arab World and Islam in Cultural-Historical Perspective, Vol. 3, 2, 2017.

2017 / Volume 3 / Issue number 2 : The Arab World and Islam in Cultural-Historical Perspective

On Sufism In India And Some Of Its Literary Incarnations

Galina Rousseva-Sokolova


While the largest part of modern India’s big Muslim population is undoubtedly of local origin, “conversion” is not an appropriate term to be connected with the rising popularity of Islam from the Middle Ages onwards. The appeal of Islam, especially in its Sufi version, can be more easily explained through its resonance with trends and pattern in the Indian tradition itself at a time when bhakti ideology was sweeping the subcontinent from South to North. While the Turks were the invaders, their religion doesn’t seem to have been felt as something alien or antagonistic. Some two hundred years after Islam entered India the Sufi romances in old Hindi show a remarkable syncretism of Sufi ideas with Indian esthetics, mythology and folklore. Here, one of the finest examples of this literary genre is presented: Padmāvat, by Malik Muhammad Jaysī.





About the author

Галина Русева-Соколова е доктор на École Pratique des Hautes Études в Париж и доцент по средновековна индийска литература в катедра „Класически Изток“ при Софийския университет „Св. Климент Охридски“, както и ръководител на бакалавърска програма „Южна, Източна и Югоизточна Азия“. Научните ѝ интереси са в сферата на ранната литература на ново-индоарийски езици, както и в областта на индийските религии, методологията на религиознанието и културните взаимодействия между Европа и Индия. Автор е на много публикации в български и чуждестранни издания, както и на монографията Jeu et devotionAspects ludiques de la bhakti krishnaïte au Braj (Париж: Honoré Champion, 2005).

Publications in MANAS magazine:

Rousseva-Sokolova, Galina. Nandadas: The Song of the Black Bee. – In: Manas: South Asia: Identity and Cultural Diversity, Vol. 1, 1, 2014.