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V. Minorsky

Bio: V. Minorsky is an academic researcher. The author has an hindex of 1, co-authored 1 publications receiving 3 citations.


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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors examine the intertwined literary and political processes that moulded the texts of Mughal sovereignty and shaped the lives of sovereigns, and reveal new, less intuitive perspectives on the cultures that produced these texts and their protagonists.
Abstract: This article examines the intertwined literary and political processes that moulded the texts of Mughal sovereignty and shaped the lives of Mughal sovereigns. In historical terms it considers the lives of Babur (d. 1530) and his grandson Akbar (d. 1605) and the ‘books’ associated with them, the Baburnama and Akbarnama. However, in order to connect the two pairs, this article follows an unconventional and less trodden path through Safavid political history, Iranian Sufism and the Persian epic and storytelling tradition. By doing so, it reveals new, less intuitive perspectives on the cultures that produced these texts and their protagonists. Specifically, it shows how Babur’s work and others like it were not only products of new literary tastes and reading practices but also participated in the making of new institutions of kingship and sainthood that evolved together in Mughal India and Safavid Iran over the sixteenth century.

15 citations

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01 May 2018
TL;DR: In this paper, an overlooked play written by Majd Al-Din Mir Fakhraai (1910-1972) is discussed and analyzed in a manuscript, which has not yet been discussed in literature or catalogues of manuscripts.
Abstract: This article aims to discuss and analyse an overlooked play written by Dr. Majd Al-Din Mir Fakhraai (1910-1972), who was a prominent Iranian poet and writer. Having spent several years outside Iran, his works were published in various journals including Jahaan-e Nou, Armaghaan and Yaadegaar. One of Mir Fakhraai’s literary outputs, i.e. this play, appears to have been overlooked in the scholarly works of modern Persian literature. This play is written in a manuscript, which has not yet been discussed in the literature or catalogues of manuscripts. The manuscript Persian MS. 996, which is held in the John Rylands Library, contains this play, entitled Sonaat-e Dehkade ‘The Village Sonata’, which was written under the pen name Golchin Gilaani in 1947 in London. This article will demonstrate the relationship between this work of Mir Fakhraai, and his other works by analysing the content and the structure of the play within the context of its production. Through analysing its content, first it will be shown how its content is a manifestation of the (in) direct impact of war (in this case World War II) on the Iranian diaspora and second the analysis will highlight the contribution of the play to Persian literary works. The final aim of the article is to highlight the importance of exploring Persian manuscripts holdings in which voices of authors, such as Mir Fakhraai, seem to have been overlooked.

4 citations

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TL;DR: The authors explored these diaries in the light of comparative folk narrative research and found that Galland's interest for stories and storytelling already showed in the diaries preserved from his sojourn in Constantinople in 1672-1673, when Galland was merely in the second half of this twenties.
Abstract: Antoine Galland (1646–1715) is best known for his adapted translation of Thousand and One Nights, published in the final decade of his life (1704–1717), when he was a respected scholar. His interest for stories and storytelling, however, already shows in the diaries preserved from his sojourn in Constantinople in 1672–1673, when Galland was merely in the second half of this twenties. In the present article, I explore these diaries in the light of comparative folk narrative research.

4 citations