From Sufism to Ahmadiyya: A Muslim Minority Movement in South Asia

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Indiana University Press, Apr 6, 2015 - History - 256 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani before Prophethood
21
2 The Prophetic Claims of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
42
3 Authority Khilāfat and the LahoriQadiani Split
64
4 Politics and the Ahmadiyya Movement underMirza Bashir alDin Mahmud Ahmad
91
The Ahmadi Jihad for Kashmir
111
6 Early Opposition and the Roots of Ahmadi Persecution
128
7 Persecution in Pakistan and Politicization of Ahmadi Identity
144
Conclusion
167
Mirza Ghulam Ahmads Family Tree
183
Glossary
185
Notes
189
Bibliography
221
Index
233
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Adil Hussain Khan is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.

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