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The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam

A. Moin


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. This book explores why Muslim sovereigns in this period began to imitate the exalted nature of Sufi saints. Uncovering a startling yet widespread phenomenon, it shows how the charismatic pull of sainthood (wilayat)—rather than the draw of religious law (sharia) or holy war (jih ... More

Keywords: Akbar, Muslim sovereigns, Sufi saints, sainthood, wilayat, religious law, sharia, holy war, jihad, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231160377
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231160377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. Moin, author