Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 January 2021

456 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190089221

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The Muhammad Avatāra

Salvation History, Translation, and the Making of Bengali Islam

Ayesha A. Irani

  • Provides a new window into the vernacular literary processes that contributed to the spread of Islam to Bengal based in the Nabivamsa, the first biography of the Prophet Muhammad to be written in Bangla
  • Develops a hermeneutic model of how translation entextualizes conversion within the historiographic process
  • Argues that the Nabivamsa continues strategies of translation as manipulation, supersession, and creative iconoclasm that were pursued by Persian translators of the Arabic Tales of the Prophets

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