With Sufism being viewed as a counter narrative to radical Islam, there is a renewe interest in this mystical aspect of Islam, particularly of Sufi traditions in the subcontinent. These three books published recently highlight the cultural, historical and spiritual legacies of important Sufis in the subcontinent.
Shaykh Usman Ali Hujwiri is popularly known as Data Ganj Baksh. Beginning with Data Sahib’s arrival in Lahore from Ghazna in the eleventh century, Sufi philosophy began to impact both the intellectual and social life of Muslim communities. Data Sahib’s book Kashful Mahjub is widely acknowledged as the first treatise on Sufism in the Persian language. It has been translated in many languages and continues to inspire scholars of Sufism. It is still cited as an authority on questions regarding the rightfulness of certain religious practices. A towering Sufi scholar, eight of other books written by Data Sahib are lost.