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Conquest and Community

The Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan

Shahid Amin

Conquest and Community

Shahid Amin

240 pages | 4 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2016
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Few topics in South Asian history are as contentious as that of the Turkic conquest of the Indian subcontinent that began in the twelfth century and led to a long period of Muslim rule. How is a historian supposed to write honestly about the bloody history of the conquest without falling into communitarian traps?
 
Conquest and Community is Shahid Amin's answer. Covering more than eight hundred years of history, the book centers on the enduringly popular saint Ghazi Miyan, a youthful soldier of Islam whose shrines are found all over India. Amin details the warrior saint’s legendary exploits, then tracks the many ways he has been commemorated in the centuries since. The intriguing stories, ballads, and proverbs that grew up around Ghazi Miyan were, Amin shows, a way of domesticating the conquest—recognizing past conflicts and differences but nevertheless bringing diverse groups together into a community of devotees. What seems at first glance to be the story of one mythical figure becomes an allegory for the history of Hindu-Muslim relations over an astonishingly long period of time, and a timely contribution to current political and historical debates.
 
Contents
List of Maps and Figures
List of Abbreviations
Storyline
Prominent Figures in the Cult of Ghazi Miyan
Preface


1 Introduction: Sufi and the Ghazi

Part One A LIFE

2 The Hagiography
3 An Urdu Mirror of Masud
4 The Author as Hero

Part Two LORE

5 Tales and the Text
6 Reproductive Anxiety
7 Zohra Bibi
8 Birth–Marriage–Martyrdom
9 Ghazi Miyan and Cowherds
10 Grey Mare, Lilli
11 Cooking for a Turkic Brother
12 Idols

Part Three SHRINE

13 Altars
14 Dafalis and Servitors
15 The Bahraich Shrine
16 Sites and Cenotaphs

Part Four COUNTER-HISTORIES

17 Investing the Ghazi
18 Demotic Warfare
19 Downplaying the Iconoclast?

Part Five A LONG AFTERLIFE

20 Everyday Memories
21 Epilogue

Appendix 1 The Ballad of Basaurhi Dafali, Recorded Near Rudauli, May 1994

Appendix 2 The Ballad of Set Mahet, Recorded, c. 1900 by W. Hoey

Appendix 3 A Poetical Description of the Ghazi Miyan Fair at Bahraich, c. 1800 by Cazim Ali Jawan

Endnotes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index 
Review Quotes
American Historical Review
"In this richly textured study of competing narratives and memory, a genre of which Amin is one of South Asia's foremost practitioners, he asks how a sense of community (of believers of various religions) is constituted because of, rater than in spite of, a history of conquest... Amin shows that the story of Ghazi Miyan challenges at once our understanding of how the Turkic conquest is 'remembered' and our judgments about figures who constitute that 'event' ought to be remembered."
Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University
“The legendary exploits of Ghazi Miyan, the conqueror saint, and the cults of remembrance that surround his name in northern India contain layer upon layer of significance that only a master historian like Shahid Amin can reveal to us.”
Sheldon Pollock, Columbia University
“A bravura performance of interpretation, erudition, and rich local knowledge and a breathtaking reconstruction of five centuries of legend and cult. Never again will the figure of the ghazi, or holy warrior, be permitted the simplistic reductions common in the past. Amin has given us a masterpiece.”
Natalie Zemon Davis, emeritus, Princeton University
“Deeply researched and wonderfully written, Conquest and Community shows us how composite religious culture is created and peaceful threads knit over the rupture of violence. A fascinating book with wide implications for our own troubled times.”
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