The Pursuit of Persian: Language in Mughal Politics

@article{Alam1998ThePO,
  title={The Pursuit of Persian: Language in Mughal Politics},
  author={Muzaffar Alam},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  year={1998},
  volume={32},
  pages={317-349}
}
The Mughal literary culture has been noted for its notable achievements in poetry and a wide range of prose writings in Persian. In terms of profusion and variety of themes this literary output was also perhaps incomparable. The court's patronage has rightly been suggested as an important reason for this. This patronage, however, was not consistent throughout; much of the detail of its detour thus requires a closer scrutiny. The phenomenal rise of the language defies explanation in the first… Expand
Role Of Persians At The Mughal Court: A Historical Study, During 1526 A.d. To 1707 A.d
This dissertation renders the Persians role at the Mughal Court that was really their enormous contribution which provided Mughal Empire an additional glory, ecstasy and magnificence in its Expand
Negotiating Mughal Law
Based on a completely reconstructed archive of Persian, Hindi and Marathi documents, Nandini Chatterjee provides a unique micro-history of a family of landlords in Malwa, central India, whoExpand
Chapter 14 Babur and Rushdie: Negotiating Mughal Histories
In this chapter, I discuss how two different types of texts written 500 years apart negotiate between two perspectives on Indian Mughal history. First, we have the Baburnama,1 an early exemplum ofExpand
The Crisis of Kingship in Late Medieval Islam: Persian Emigres and the Making of Ottoman Sovereignty
Arabness and to their “rearrival” to California coalition politics. The chapter makes a compelling case for how intergenerational readings can produce richer understandings of Arab-American history.Expand
Persian Monshi, Persian Jones: English Translations of Saʿdi’s Golestān from the Late Eighteenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Centuries
From the seventeenth century, Mosleh al-Din Saʿdi Shirazi (d. 1291), a key figure in Persian classical literature, became the center of Europeans’ attention: his name appeared in travelogues andExpand
Mahzar-namas in the Mughal and British Empires: The Uses of an Indo-Islamic Legal Form
  • N. Chatterjee
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 2016
Abstract This paper looks at a Persian-language documentary form called the mahzar-nama that was widely used in India between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries to narrate, represent, andExpand
The Promises and Perils of Courtly Poetry: The Case of Mir ʿAbd al-Jalil Bilgrami (1660-1725) in the Late Mughal Empire
This article examines the career and writings of the minor poet ʿAbd al-Jalil Bilgrami (1660-1725) in order to explore the relation between the practice of courtly poetry and the work of politics inExpand
Languages of Nationhood: Political Ideologies and the Place of English in 20th Century India
My research studies the relationship of language and national identity in postcolonial India, with a particular emphasis on the English language. Language politics in India has historically beenExpand
Persian as Koine: Written Persian in World-Historical Perspective
Persian emerged as the common language of court life and administration in the Islamic world east of Baghdad in the 8th and 9th centuries (2nd and 3rd centuries into the Islamic era). The processExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...