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Published: 29 July 2022 (Estimated)

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ISBN: 9780192857415


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India in the Persian World of Letters

Ḳhān-i Ārzū among the Eighteenth-Century Philologists

Arthur Dudney

Oxford Oriental Monographs

  • Offers an intellectual biography of Ārzū, an innovative and influential eighteenth-century scholar and poet in India, about whom solid information is difficult to access in English.
  • Argues that nationalism around language and literature, the usual frame for understanding culture in India on the cusp of the colonial encounter, is anachronistic; instead literary culture was transnational and cosmopolitan.
  • Revises our understanding of the language ecology in pre-colonial India, showing that attitudes around Persian as "foreign" and a "dead language" were essentially colonial in origin.
  • An open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence.