Often described asthe soul of Islam, Sufism is one of the most interesting yet least known facetof this global religion. Sufism is the softer more inclusive and mystical formof Islam. Although militant Islamists dominate the headlines, the Sufi ideal hascaptured the imagination of many. Nowhere in the world is the handprint ofSufism more observable than South Asia, which has the largest Muslim populationof the world, but also the greatest concentration of Sufis. This book examinesactive Sufi communities in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh that shed light onthe devotion, and deviation, and destiny of Sufism in South Asia.

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