Dr. Amit Dey is a Professor of History, the Department of History, Centre For Advanced Studies, University of Calcutta, India. He received a Ph.D. in History in September 1999 from the University of London for his work on The Image of the Prophet in Bengali Muslim Piety; 1850-1947 and completed his doctoral research as a Commonwealth Scholar being affiliated to the Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London. His area of specialization is islam and islamic Mysticism in Medieval and Modern South Asia.
The present book, which is beyond the constraints of rigid periodization, is an endeavour to challenge certain stereotypes relating to Islam, Sufism, folk-songs and inter-community relations in the South Asian context. By consulting Persian, Urdu, Bengali and English sources, the present work suggests that Sufism was more heterogeneous and complex than we are prepared to accept.