ANALYZING THE DEVELOPMENT OF LESSER-KNOWN SILSILAHS IN DELHI DURING THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD: A CASE STUDY OF THE QADIRI AND FIRDAUSI SILSILAHS

Chandni Sengupta

Abstract


The city of Delhi was witness to the rise and efflorescence of Sufism during the medieval period. Some Sufi silsilahs, like the Chishti silsilah gained immense popularity in the city during the 13th-14th centuries, and though it witnessed a gradual decline in the subsequent centuries, it remained popular among the faithful. Another popular silsilah was the Suhrawardi silsilah which also flourished in the medieval period. Apart from the popular silsilahs, there were some lesser-known silsilahs which also played a significant role in restructuring the socio-religious fabric of the city. Two of these were the Qadiri and the Firdausi silsilahs. This papers intends to look at the development of these silsilahs in the city of Delhi and the contribution made by them affecting significant changes in the religious realm.


Keywords


Sufism, Dargah, Silsilah, Firdausi, Qadiri, Delhi

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