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The Persianate World


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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
A Note on Transliteration
Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Frontiers of the Persianate World (ca. 800-1900)
Nile Green

Part I. Pan-Eurasian Expansions, ca. 1400-1600
1. Imperial Ambitions, Mystical Aspirations: Persian Learning in the
Ottoman World
Murat Umut Inan
2. Persian at the Court or in the Village? The Elusive Presence of Persian
in Bengal
Thibaut d'Hubert
3. The Uses of Persian in Imperial China: Translating Practices at the
Ming Court
Graeme Ford
4. Persian and Turkic from Kazan to Tobolsk: Literary Frontiers in
Muslim Inner Asia
Devin DeWeese

Part II. The Constraints of Cosmopolitanism, ca. 1600-1800
5. Marking Boundaries and Building Bridges: Persian Scholarly
Networks in Mughal Punjab
Purnima Dhavan
6. A Lingua Franca in Decline? The Place of Persian in Qing China
David Brophy
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7. Speaking "Bukharan": The Circulation of Persian Texts in
Imperial Russia
Alfrid Bustanov
8. Lingua Franca or Lingua Magica? Talismanic Scrolls from
Eastern Turkistan
Alexandre Papas

Part III. New Empires, New Nations, ca. 1800-1920
9. Conflicting Meanings of Persianate Culture: An Intimate Example
from Colonial India and Britain
Michael H. Fisher
10. De-Persifying Court Culture: The Khanate of Khiva's Translation
Marc Toutant
11. Dissidence from a Distance: Iranian Politics as Viewed from
Colonial Daghestan
Rebecca Ruth Gould
12. From Peshawar to Tehran: An Anti-imperialist Poet of the Late
Persianate Milieu
Abbas Amanat
Epilogue: The Persianate Millennium
Brian Spooner

List of Contributors

About the Author

Nile Green holds the Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Sufism: A Global History and Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam and editor of Afghanistan's Islam: From Conversion to the Taliban.


"Disassociated from methodological nationalist agendas, the collection presents a comprehensive overview of the contributions and constraints of cosmopolitanism in the Persianate world, spanning from the Ottoman Empire, the Caucasus, Central Asia, India, China, and of course, Iran." * Middle East Journal *

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