'Religion and Thought of Shah Wali Allah Dihlawi', 1703–1762
Revised ebook edition by J. M. S. Baljon
Edited by Krijn Peter Hesselink and Katinka Hesselink
Published online as a free ebook 2012 (PDF 1.4MB)
Originally published as Volume 48 van Studies in the history of religions as a Hardcover of 221 pages, published by Brill Academic Pub (1986)
When my grandfather died in 2001 he left my grandmother well provided
for, but with a lot of responsibilities. She took care of his library by
donating the books to the Leiden University Library as he had arranged
it. She took care of the house by moving everything around. An uncle of
mine took care of the finances. However, there was one wish of my
grandfather’s that weighed heavily on her heart: he had worked on a
revised edition of his last book till a year before he died and had
wanted to see it published.
The size of the PDF is rather large. I would be grateful to anyone who
can make the PDF smaller without loss of essential formatting. mail @
Unfortunately it proved difficult to get the book republished. I’ll
leave it up to the reader to decide why it was difficult to get this
book republished, though as a family we are certainly not short of
speculation on the topic. We are sure that he would have wanted readers
to be able to benefit from the work he had done to improve the book.
Given that many of the potential readers of this work live in Pakistan with little money, we feel sure that a free digital edition is a suitable way to finally give shape to my grandfather’s wishes.
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Note on the text
No attempt has been made to correctly render transliterations of
Arabic, Urdu or any other non-Latin script. This is especially true for
the parts of the book added by the heirs of J.M.S. Baljon.
The first chapters of the transcript have been edited for style by Krijn Peter Hesselink. I have done
work on page formatting and the like. The parts edited by my brother
have endnotes. The rest of the chapters have footnotes at the end of
each chapter. In those chapters I have left the original page numbers as
my grandfather put them in. I assume this will make it easier on
students who want to check with the original edition.
Katinka Hesselink 2012