The concept of diaspora has been much debated during the past decade in terms of the essential and additional features that go with it, arguing which groups or communities could beuld not be designated as diaspora. The Indian diaspora today, with a strong community constituting more than 20 million and spreading across a hundred countries, continues to grow in size and making its transnational presence felt. This collection of essays traces some of the plurality with the Indian context as well as in the context of globalization, and transnationalism.
The book discusses the migratory movements that have led to the formation of the Indian diaspora and formation to diasporic practices-the ways and means of remembering and enacting diasporic belonging and the sites and spaces where such narratives of belonging are performed and how these issues are played out through texts, and rituals such as pilgrimages and building temples.
Chapter 11: The Chishtiyya Diaspora—An Expanding Circle?
The Chishtiyya Diaspora—An Expanding Circle?
I was transported by destiny from the world of lyric and poetry to the world of industry and commerce, on the 13th of September 1910. I bade farewell to my motherland, the soil of India, the land of the sun, for America the land of my future, wondering: ‘perhaps I shall return some day,’ and yet I did not know how long it would be before I should return. (Inayat Khan cited in Van Voorst van Beest and Guillaume-Schamhart 1979: 121)
The Indian musician and Sufimaster Hazrat Inayat Khan's journey in 1910 on a mission to ‘harmonise East and West’1 through music and Sufispirituality marked the beginning of the first wave of Sufism in the west ...