From Sufism to Ahmadiyya

From Sufism to Ahmadiyya

A Muslim Minority Movement in South Asia
Khan, Adil Hussain
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Format: Hardback 1 b&w illus
ISBN: 978-0-253-01523-5
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The Ahmadiyya Muslim community represents the followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835–1908), a charismatic leader whose claims of spiritual authority brought him into conflict with most other Muslim leaders of the time. The controversial movement originated in rural India in the latter part of the 19th century and is best known for challenging current conceptions of Islamic orthodoxy. Despite missionary success and expansion throughout the world, particularly in Western Europe, North America, and parts of Africa, Ahmadis have effectively been banned from Pakistan. Adil Hussain Khan traces the origins of Ahmadi Islam from a small Sufi-style brotherhood to a major transnational organization, which many Muslims believe to be beyond the pale of Islam.

Author Bio

Adil Hussain Khan is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.


Offers a fresh and original historical analysis of the Jama’at-i Ahmadiyya based on a detailed reading and interpretation of original sources, some of which are made available to an English readership for the first time.Adil Hussain Khan provides a remarkably comprehensive picture of the Ahmadiyya, examining both the specific aspects of internal development of the movement and also its involvement in modern global developments. His analysis of the evolution of a major religious movement from an old-style brotherhood into a modern politicized organization will be of help to all who are interested in the modern history of religious organizations.

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Table of Contents

1. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani before Prophethood
2. The Prophetic Claims of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
3. Authority, Khilfat, and the Lahori-Qadiani Split
4. Politics and the Ahmadiyya Movement under Mirza Bashir al-Din Mahmud Ahmad
5. Religion and Politics after Partition: The Ahmadi Jihad for Kashmir
6. Early Opposition and the Roots of Ahmadi Persecution
7. Persecution in Pakistan and Politicization of Ahmadi Identity

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