May 5, 2009 1:08:24 am
Sadia Dehlvi connects Sufism to Islam in her new book
Strains of Sufi music set to verse by the legendary Amir Khusro was the appropriate backdrop for the launch of Sadia Dehlvis book,Sufism- The Heart of Islam (Harper Collins,Rs 650),held at Delhis Meridien Hotel.
The book provides insights into the lives of some great Sufi mystics like Baba Bulleshah,Baba Farid,Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti apart from a range of poetry written by them.
The book would have been incomplete without these detailed profiles that had a huge impact on people converting to Islam. Since song and dance is such an integral part of Sufism,their poetry adds depth to the book, said Dehlvi.
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In the book,she described the Sufi path lucidly with an interesting assessment of Sufisms connect with Muslim and non Muslim societies.
Sadias transformation is commendable. Her perspective on Sufism and spirituality is unique, said author Khushwant Singh,who made it to the launch for Dehlvi,despite being in poor health.
Prof Mushirul Hasan,VC of Jamia Milia launched the book,while popular newsreader from the past,Salma Sultan,and artists Arpana Caur and Sudhir Dar looked on.
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