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Published on 03.11.2017 http://manas.bg/en/issue_4/sufism-india-and-some-its-literary-incarnations
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.
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.