Sufis and the Limits of Sovereignty: Interrogating Religious Authority in Mughal India

Event time: 
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) See map
77 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628-58) is known for exercising tight control over the historiography and cultural productions of his reign. This talk explores a counter-narrative to the emperor’s state-sponsored chronicles: the Nuskha-i Ahval-i Shahi, an unofficial history sympathetic to the Kashmir-based Qadiri Sufi Mulla Shah. This text details the growing interconnections between the imperial household and the circle of Mulla Shah, who initially resisted court patronage. Read alongside the court chronicles and the Sufi writings produced by prominent members of the imperial family, the Nuskha offers an invaluable perspective on religious controversy, spiritual authority, and the imperial domestic sphere.

Open to: 
General Public