The Crown of Dreams: Sufis and Princes in Timurid South Asia and Iran
When the Mughal padishahs Babur (d. 1530) and Humayun (d. 1556) sought the aid of the Safavid rulers of Iran, they had to offer themselves as devotees (murids) to the Persian shahs. What was the significance of this Sufi-like act of submission, which acknowledged the Safavids as both earthly rulers and spiritual sovereigns? How did it shape the history of the Mughal empire?
Join The Second Floor (T2F) as Azfar Moin, author of The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam, discusses answers to these questions with Kamran Asdar.
About the Book
At the end of the sixteenth century and the turn of the first Islamic millennium, the powerful Mughal emperor Akbar declared himself the saint of the age. Yet the Mughal emperor was not alone in doing so. In his book, The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam, A. Azfar Moin explores why Muslim sovereigns in this period began to imitate the exalted nature of Sufi saints. He shows how the charismatic pull of sainthood (wilayat) – rather than the draw of religious law or holy war – inspired a new style of sovereignty in Iran and South Asia.
About the Author
A. Azfar Moin is assistant professor in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. His research and writing focuses on early-modern South Asia and the Islamic world.
Date: Thursday, 16th January, 2014
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