Love's Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, 1379-1545 by Aditya BehlLove's Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, 1379-1545 by Aditya Behl

Love's Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, 1379-1545

byAditya Behl

Paperback | August 15, 2016

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The encounter between Muslim and Hindu remains one of the defining issues of South Asian society today. It began as early as the 8th century, and the first Muslim kingdom in India, the Sultanate of Delhi, was established at the end of the 12th century. This power eventually reduced tovassalage almost every independent kingdom on the subcontinent. In Love's Subtle Magic, a remarkable and highly original book, Aditya Behl uses a little-understood genre of Sufi literature to paint an entirely new picture of the evolution of Indian culture during the earliest period of Muslimdomination. These curious romantic tales transmit a profound religious message through the medium of adventurous stories of love. Although composed in the Muslim courts, they are written in a vernacular Indian language and involve Hindu yogis, Hindu princes and princesses, and Hindu gods. Until now, they havedefied analysis. Behl shows that the Sufi authors of these charming tales sought to convey an Islamic vision via an Indian idiom. They thus constitute the earliest attempt at the indigenization of Islamic literature in an Indian setting. More important, however, Behl's analysis brilliantlyilluminates the cosmopolitan and composite culture of the Sultanate India in which they were composed. This in turn compels us completely to rethink the standard of the opposition between Indian Hindu and foreign Muslim and recognize that the Indo-Islamic culture of this era was alreadysignificantly Indian in many important ways.
Aditya Behl (1966-2009) was Associate Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Wendy Doniger is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago.
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Title:Love's Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, 1379-1545Format:PaperbackDimensions:418 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190628804

ISBN - 13:9780190628802

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"If India is an ocean of stories, its deepest currents are mysticism, its highest waves poetry. Only the most masterful of fishermen could test these waters with hope of success. Aditya Behl has done the nearly miraculous: he has given us all the catch from his wondrous, too brief, time as thesupreme troller and the compleat angler of pre-modern Indian Sufi romances. Wendy Doniger has paid a tribute to his genius, putting it on display as if by an act of legerdemain in editing this long but never disappointing treasure trove of Hindustan." --Bruce Lawrence, Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Religion, Duke University