Magic Doe Qutban Suhravardi's Mirigavati

ISBN-10: 0199842949
ISBN-13: 9780199842940
Edition: 2012
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Description: MirigavatiorThe Magic Doeis the work of Shaikh Qutban Suhravardi, an Indian Sufi master who was also an expert poet and storyteller attached to the glittering court-in-exile of Sultan Husain Shah Sharqi of Jaunpur. Composed in 1503 as an  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

MirigavatiorThe Magic Doeis the work of Shaikh Qutban Suhravardi, an Indian Sufi master who was also an expert poet and storyteller attached to the glittering court-in-exile of Sultan Husain Shah Sharqi of Jaunpur. Composed in 1503 as an introduction to mystical practice for disciples, this powerful Hindavi or early Hindi Sufi romance is a richly layered and sophisticated text, simultaneously a spiritual enigma and an exciting love-story full of adventures. TheMirigavatiis both an excellent introduction to Sufism and one of the true literary classics of pre-modern India, a story that draws freely on the large pool of Indian, Islamic, and European narrative motifs in its distinctive telling of a mystical quest and its resolution. Adventures from theOdysseyand the voyages of Sindbad the Sailor--sea voyages, encounters with monstrous serpents, damsels in distress, flying demons and cannibals in caves, among others--surface in Suhravardi's rollicking tale, marking it as first-rate entertainment for its time and, in private sessions in Sufi shrines, a narrative that shaped the interior journey for novices. Before his untimely death in 2009, Aditya Behl had completed this complete blank verse translation of the critical edition of theMirigavati, which reveals the precise mechanism and workings of spiritual signification and use in a major tradition of world and Indian literature.

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was.

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