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Love's Subtle Magic An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, 1379-1545

ISBN-10: 0195146700

ISBN-13: 9780195146707

Edition: 2012

Authors: Aditya Behl, Wendy Doniger

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The encounter between Muslim and Hindu remains one of the defining issues of South Asian society today. This encounter began as early as the 8th century, and the first Muslim kingdom in India would be established at the end of the 12th century. This powerful kingdom, the Sultanate of Delhi, eventually reduced to vassalage almost every independent kingdom on the subcontinent. InLove's Subtle Magic, a remarkable and deeply original book, Aditya Behl uses a little-understood genre of Sufi literature to paint an entirely new picture of the evolution of Indian culture during the earliest period of Muslim domination. These curious romantic tales transmit a deeply serious religious message through the medium of lighthearted stories of love. Although composed in the Muslim courts, they are written in a vernacular Indian language. Until now, they have defied analysis, and been mostly ignored by scholars east and west. Behl shows that the Sufi authors of these charming tales purposely sought to convey an Islamic vision via an Indian idiom. They thus constitute the earliest attempt at the indigenization of Islamic literature in an Indian setting. More important, however, Behl's analysis brilliantly illuminates the cosmopolitan and composite culture of the Sultanate India in which they were composed. This in turn compels us completely to rethink the standard of the opposition between Indian Hindu and foreign Muslim and recognize that the Indo-Islamic culture of this era was already significantly Indian in many important ways.
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Book details

List price: $87.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/4/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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.

Studying the Sultanate Period
Inaugurating Hindavi
Creating a New Genre: The Candayan
Oceans and Stories: The Mirigivati
The Landscape of Paradise and the Embodied City: The Padmavat, Part 1
The Conquest of Chittaur: The Padmavat, Part 2
Bodies That Signify: The Madhumalati, Part 1
The Seasons of Madhumalati's Separation: The Madhumalati, Part 2
Hierarchies of Response
Epilogue: The Story of Stories
Notes
Index