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Sainthood and Revelatory Discourse

An Examination of the Basis for the Authority of Bayan in the Mahdawi Islam.

David Emmanuel Singh
Foreword by Toby Howarth

Regnum Books International / ISPCK (2003), 485pp, ISBN: 8172147287


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Indian Islam is unique. It is generally cast, both by the popular media and academia, in an image that is severely totalitarian. Mahdawiyya is one among several sects within Indian Islam, which takes continuing revelation seriously. It does so without discarding the traditional belief in the finality of the Qur’an revealed through the Prophet Muhammad. It speaks, like Shi´ism and Sufism of an alternative model of the Saint and Sainthood. The Saints’ discourse (bayan) is believed by these to have the same level of authority as the Qur’an revealed through the Prophet.

About the Author

David Emmanuel Singh is Research Tutor and Lecturer in South Asian Studies at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the United Kingdom. His PhD on a South Asian sect of Islam is from the University of Wales. He has authored several significant scholarly and devotional papers in Indian and International journals besides editing the festschrift to Professor David C Scott titled Spiritual Traditions: Essential Ways to Living and a collection of papers titled Approaches, Foundations, Issues and Models of Interfaith Relations. He has worked as Associate Director of the Henry Martyn Institute, Hyderabad and as Auxiliary Secretary of the Bible Society of India, New Delhi. He has also taught at the Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, the Allahabad Bible Seminary, Redcliffe College, Gloucester and Crowther Hall, Birmingham. Besides teaching and rnentoring, he is currently involved in post doctoral research on South Asian Islam.


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