Historical Dictionary of the Sufi Culture of Sindh in Pakistan and India
This volume proposes a historical survey of Sufism of the Pakistani region of Sindh and beyond. It is inclusive of the coming of the first Sufis in the eighth century up to the present times. Furthermore, it unveils lesser known facts, such as the Sindhi Sufi culture among the Hindus of India and also the diaspora of the subcontinent (both Hindu and Muslim) who have adopted Sufism as a lifestyle.
Supplemented by vivid illustrations, the Dictionary intends to provide visual evidence of the diversity of Sufi expressions in the Sindhi context.
Michel Boivin was trained at Sorbonne University, Paris (France) in Islamic Studies, Contemporary History, and Ethnology. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, CNRS-EHESS. He also teaches history and anthropology, and is External Examiner for PhD programmes at the University of Karachi and University of Punjab, both in General History. Michel Boivin’s work is focused on the social and cultural evolution of Muslim communities of the Indian subcontinent, from British colonization to the post-Partition period. His fieldwork is mainly centred on the southern part of the Indus Valley.
Boivin is a published author and editor. He has written numerous articles in leading academic journals. His last work in English was Artefacts of Devotion (Karachi: OUP, 2012) and in French, it was The Agha Khan and the Khojas: Shiite Islam and Social Dynamics in the Indian Subcontinent (1843-1954) (Paris: Karthala, 2013).