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Persian Authorship and Canonicity in Late Mughal Delhi

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Introduction: Political Frailty and Poetic Power in Late Mughal Delhi 1 Bidil's Portrait: Ekphrasis as Ascetic Self-Transformation 2 Bidil's Tarji-band: the Author's Kenotic Chorus 3 A Hindu Allegory of the Islamic Philosopher King: the Tale of Madan and Kamdi in Bidil's Irfan 4 The Local Universality of Poetic Pleasure: Siraj al-Din `Ali-Khan "Arzu" and the Speaking Subject 5 Khvushgu's Dream of Hafiz: Building an Ark with Arzu and Bidil

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Prashant Keshavmurthy is Assistant Professor of Persian-Iranian Studies in the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. His research interests include late Mughal political discourses, Safavid-Mughal commentarial practices, Persian-Urdu poetics, Persian translations of Indic language works and Islamic autobiographical discourses.

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