THE KHĀNQĀH SYSTEM OF CHISHTI SILSILAH IN SIXTEENTH-CENTURY INDIA
Historically speaking, the Chishti sufis tremendously contributed to the culture of India and developed it in many ways. Along with other contributions of Chishti sufis through their teachings, the establishment of khānqāhs was one of them. The khānqāhs of Chishti Silsilah integrated as an important element in the popular culture of India. It was a distinctive feature of mystical life of medieval India and it influenced other aspects of life. Khānqāh is a place being led by sufis with a purpose of enhancing spiritual prowess. These places were hub of mysticism in medieval India which was a platform to proliferate the teachings of Islam. Besides Islamic spirituality, khānqāh was also centre for the moral growth as it was appealing to other religious groups. The present article is an effort to study the organization of the major Chishti Khānqāh in sixteenth century. The detail of khānqāh system of earlier sufis of Chishti Silsilah is also provided with an approach to develop understanding.
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