Title: Ruby in the Dust
Publisher: Leiden University Press
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
Series: LUP Academic. Num Pages: 376 pages, Illustrated. BIC Classification: 1FKA; DCF; DS. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 234 x 156 x 18. Weight in Grams: 632. . 2013. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9789087281120
The epic poem Padmâvat, written in 1540 by the Indian Muslim poet Muhammad Jâyasî, has often been read through the lens of contemporary Hindu and Muslim identity. But Thomas de Bruijn rejects the projection of modern notions of national and religious culture onto the poem, and instead looks to Jâyasî?s own time to find insight into the work. The Ruby in the Dust carefully analyzes the images and metaphors within the poem and links them to historical discourses on religion and politics. An important rereading of Jâyasî?s seminal work, this book provides not only a meticulous literary study of Padmâvat, but also a powerful look at the cultural climate of early modern Islam in India.
About the Author:Thomas de Bruijn is a specialist in early and modern South Asian literature. He was a fellow of the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden and taught at the Institut national de langues et civilisations orientales in Paris.
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