Shah Abdul Latif – M. M. Gidvani (1922) (1st edition)

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Shah Abdul Latif – M. M. Gidvani (1922) (1st edition)

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Title: Shah Abdul Latif
Author: M. M. Gidvani, Sir Thomas Arnold (intro)
Publisher: The India Society, 1922.
Condition: Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine. Uncut pages.

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About Shah Abdul Latif (from Wikipedia):

Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (1689 – 1752) was a noted Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, and poet, widely considered to be greatest Muslim poet of Sindhi language. His collected poems were assembled in the compilation Shah Jo Risalo, which exists in numerous versions and has been translated to English, Urdu, and other languages. His work has been compared frequently to great Persian poet Rūmī. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, described Shah Latif as a “direct emanation of Rūmī’s spirituality in South Asia.”

In quest of religious truths, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai traveled to many parts of Sindh and also went to the bordering lands as far as Multan, Lasbella, Jaisalmer and Bhuj. He became well known to the rulers at height of the power and rule of Kalhoras in Sindh. However he traveled unilaterally in the company of Jogis and Samis and some times alone visiting towns and cities, to understand the true message of Islam contained in nature. Throughout his travels he went to hills, valleys, riverbanks, fields and mountains where he met the ordinary simple people. He also traveled to the Ganjo Takkar( Barren Hills) in the south of Hyderabad, Sindh.

His poetry contains the adventures of Samundis (Sindhi Sailors) and their voyage to Lanka and Java, in Sur Surirag and Sur Samundi, which feature various accounts on cultural,social and economic outlook on people of Thatta and the port Debal in present day Karachi. For three years, he traveled with jogis and sanyasis, in search of the truth, peace, and harmony in the mountains of Lasbella. At several places in the Risalo, mention has been made of these jogis and of his visits to these wonderful, holy and peaceful places. He also travelled to such far away places in the Thar desert such as Junagadh, Jaisalmer.