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Prof. E. Ismail
In Kerala, mahal (mahallu in Malayalam) commonly refers to the local unit of Islamic social organisation, with a Cathedral Mosque (Juma Masjid) at the pivotal position. The origins of this organisational structure are not clearly known as there is little evidence regarding the communal life in…
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Shruti Chakraborty
Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr are the two primary holidays observed by Muslims across the world. Although both are known as ‘Eid’, there are many differences between the two, including the reasons for their celebration as well as the nature of festivities. (Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Culture [GODL-…
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B.N. Goswamy
From Ka’aba to Amarnath, people have been embarking on religious sojourns and recording pilgrimages for centuries. People from India, coming from diverse religious backgrounds, visit numerous shrines each year such as Vaishno Devi, Hemkunt Sahib, Hajj, Sabarimala, Mani Mahesh, Pandharpur, among…
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Shruti Chakraborty
Though Eid postcards might seem obsolete today, they emerged as popular vehicles of cross-cultural iconography in the mid-20th century, and were posted across continents as Eid greetings. While most of these cards showcased Western iconography and visuals, Urdu poetry was often printed on them to…
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Shruti Chakraborty
Many among us know about roza as an essential practice among Muslims during Ramzan (also called Ramadan). Did you know there are many other rituals that are followed as well? This ranges from e'tikaaf (a form of seclusion) to taraweeh (a special prayer at the end of the day).    (Photo Source: Ayan…
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Raziuddin Aquil
Introduction This article aims to explore the connections between the emergence of Delhi as a major Sufi centre and sanctuary of Islam and its becoming the seat of political power.[1] If Ajmer was the Mecca of Islam in Hindustan, Delhi emerged in the 13th and 14th centuries as its Medina. Three out…
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Manidipa Singha
  Qawwali, as a Sufi musical tradition, has traveled through time and has seen significant changes in terms of space and structure. In the Indian subcontinent four major Sufi Tariqas (orders) have formed a strong base, these are: Chistiya, Qadiriya, Suhrawardiyya and Naqshbandiya. Amongst these…
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Suvajit Halder
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