The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam

The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam

At the end of the sixteenth century and the turn of the first Islamic millennium, the powerful Mughal emperor Akbar declared himself the most sacred being on earth. The holiest of all saints and above the distinctions of religion, he styled himself as the messiah reborn. Yet the Mughal emperor was not alone in doing so. In this field-changing study, A. Azfar Moin explores why Muslim sovereigns in this period began to imitate the exalted nature of Sufi saints. Uncovering… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 16, 2012)

Collection: South Asia Across the Disciplines

Parent ISBN: 9780231160377

Language: English


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