• Carl W. Ernst
  • Bruce B. Lawrence


The subject of this book is the Chishti Sufi order. The order is comparable to many other Sufi brotherhoods, the paths of devotion that have been motivated by Islamic ideals over the past millennium in countries ranging from Morocco to China. Although this movement takes its name from Chisht, a remote town in central Afghanistan, the Chishti lineage of masters and disciples is associated above all with South Asia (modern-day India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh). The Chishti order has been the most widespread and popular of all the Sufi traditions in this vast region, ever since Mu’in ad-Din Chishti settled in the town of Ajmer in northwestern India at the end of the twelfth century.


Spiritual Practice Bodily Limb Divine Presence Enduring Attraction Mystical State 
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