Witness to Marvels

- Sufism and Literary Imagination

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indgår i serie Islamic Humanities


Witness to Marvels
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Udgivelsesdato:
13-09-2019
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There is a vast body of imaginal literature in Bengali that introduces fictional Sufi saints into the complex mythological world of Hindu gods and goddesses. Dating to the sixteenth century, the stories--pīr katha--are still widely read and performed today. The events that play out rival the fabulations of the Arabian Nights, which has led them to be dismissed as simplistic folktales, yet the work of these stories is profound: they provide fascinating insight into how Islam habituated itself into the cultural life of the Bangla-speaking world. In Witness to Marvels, Tony K. Stewart unearths the dazzling tales of Sufi saints to signal a bold new perspective on the subtle ways Islam assumed its distinctive form in Bengal.

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Udgivelsesdato:
13-09-2019
ISBN13:
9780520306332
Nummer i serien:
2
Nummer i serien:
2
Format:
Paperback
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    "The tales that are the subject of Tony K. Stewart's book depict a Bengal that is miraculously hybrid, innocent of the estrangements of the modern era. In these stories beings of all sorts--animal, human, superhuman and divine--are seen to be deeply engaged with each other. This is essential reading for everyone interested in precolonial South Asia."--Amitav Ghosh, author of The Great Derangement

    "This is a work of great erudition; the sophisticated analysis is testament to Stewart's deep engagement with Bengal's religious, cultural, and literary histories. It is a pathbreaking work in many ways, one whose theoretical, conceptual, and methodological insights will be valuable to scholars of religion, literature, and history--of Bengal, South Asia, and beyond."--Farina Mir, Department of History, University of Michigan

    "While inspiring readers to acquire fresh methodological and analytical tools for studying religion and region, history, and aesthetics, this triumph of a book also causes us to pause and marvel at the art of translation. The translated versions we encounter here are true to the English idiom at its eloquent best while they retain the flavors of South Asian languages. This is nothing less than a standard-setter in the studies of South Asia, Islam, and literature." --Syed Akbar Hyder, Professor of Asian Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Texas at Austin

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Witness to Marvels

- Sufism and Literary Imagination

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