The Ruby in the Dust: Poetry and History of the Indian Padmavat by Sufi Poet Muhammad Jayasi

by Thomas De Bruijn.
 
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The Ruby in the Dust: Poetry and History of the Indian Padmavat by Sufi Poet Muhammad Jayasi
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Thomas De Bruijn.
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Amsterdam
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Amsterdam University Press
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2012
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9789087281120
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May 4th, 2012
Abstract

The Padmavat (1540 CE) by the Indian Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi is a classic of pre-modern Indian literature. It relates how the Rajput king Ratansen of Chitor finds and marries the beautiful princess Padmavati, and how the sultan Alauddin Khilji, on hearing of her beauty, besieges Chitor in a fruitless attempt to capture her. "The ruby in the dust" presents a reading of Padmavat that challenges existing interpretations of Jayasi's work and describes how its semantic polyphony reflects the poet's role as mediator between his spiritual and worldly patrons. The perspective of De Bruijn's reading corrects the identification with modern, nationalist notions of Hindu and Muslim identity that have dominated interpretations of this work until now, revealing a confluence of poetry and history that inspired the many retellings of the tale of Padmavati in Persian and other Indian languages made until the present day.


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