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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lecture by Dr. Carl Ernst on "The Persian Sufi Writings of a Hindu Scholar, Sital Singh Bi-khwud"

The expansion of the Mughal empire in South Asia was a major factor in the growth of Persian literature and court culture across an enormous region. To rule over India, the Mughals and other rulers created a large bureaucracy of Hindu secretaries (munshis) who were thoroughly trained in Persian literature, and some of them became profoundly attracted to Sufi mysticism. One such figure was Sital Singh, munshi to the raja of Benares, who (under the pen-name Bi-khwud or Selfless) wrote a number of original Persian works on Sufism around 1800. His other writings include a commentary on the poetry of Ibn `Arabi, and a Persian treatise on Indian religions that influenced early British Orientalists. This paper introduces this cosmopolitan Hindu intellectual and describes his deep engagement with Persian Sufism. {Will appear in FYI on May 8, 2013
Start Time:
7:00 PM
End Time:
9:00 PM
Room 1121
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall, Room 1121
Common Location Name:
Tawes Fine Arts
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Other Contact Information:
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies Roshan Institute for Persian Studies 301 405 1891

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