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Hazrat Nizam al-Din's Chilla-khana & Khanqah

Hazrat Nizam al-Din

Nizam al-Din is a Chisti saint who died in 1325.1 The Chistis were "the most popular Sufi order in India2." Sufism is a denomination of Islam that embraces a mystical practice of Islam.3 The priority of a Sufi devotee is obtaining a "direct experience of the Divine." 4 Sufism is separate from both Sunni and Shiite; a Sufi order can also be considered Sunni or Shiite.


1. S.A.A. Naqvi, Humayun's Tomb and Adjacent Buildings (Calcutta: Government of India, 1947), 15.

2. Catherine B. Asher, Architecture of Mughal India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), xxv.

3. Michael H. Fisher, A Short History of The Mughal Empire (New York: I.B.Tauris and Co. Ltd, 2016), 52.

4. ibid., 19.

Chilla-khana

A chilla-khana is, "a saint's house of meditation."5


5. Asher, Architecture Mughal India, xxv.

Khanqah

A khanqah is, "a residential center for spiritual study."6


6. Asher, Architecture Mughal India, xxvii.

Additional Information

A formal bibliography is posted on the outline page.
  • Asher, Catherine B. "A Ray from the Sun: Mughal Ideology and the Visual Construction of the Divine." In The Presence of Light: Divine Radiance and Religious Experience, edited by Michael Kapstein, 161-94. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

  • The Delhi Walla. "City Faith: Hazrat Nizamuddin's Chilla Central Delhi."

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