Ruby in the Dust

Ruby in the Dust : Poetry and History of the Padmavat by the South-Asian Sufi Poet Muhammad Jayasi

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The epic poem "Padmavat," written in 1540 by the Indian Muslim poet Muhammad Jayasi, 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 Jayasi 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 Jayasi s seminal work, this book provides not only a meticulous literary study of "Padmavat," but also a powerful look at the cultural climate of early modern Islam in India."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • Leiden University Press
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9087281129
  • 9789087281120
  • 2,598,786

About Thomas De Bruijn

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 more

Table of contents

Ruby in the dust - 2 table of contents - 6 preface - 10 A note on transliteration - 12 Introduction - 14 Part 1 - 28 Chapter I Th poet and the literary field - 30 Chapter II Text, transmission and reception - 72 Chapter III The literary context of Padmavat - 102 Chapter IV Structure and meaning in Padmavat - 150 Part 2 - 204 Chapter V A poem of love - 206 Chapter VI The metaphoric scheme of light - 242 Chapter VII The messenger - 260 Chapter VIII Conclusion: Jayasi and the literary field - 272 References - 278 Appendix - 296 Glossary - 358 Index - 362show more