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Amir Khusraw and the Genre of Historical Narratives in Verse

Amir Khusraw and the Genre of Historical Narratives in Verse weakness. We must moreover remember that the harvest of epical works surpasses that of the lyrical quality. More numerous and at the same time more successful are the poetical tales of smaller compass.17 According to De Bruijn, “Nizami, through the models in the matnavi form which he created, produced a series of types, each different from the other although there were certain features which they all had in common.”18 The issues of kingship and ethics dealt with in Nizami’s poem Iskandarnamah made it a particularly appealing text for poets writing dynastic poetry. At times, the two traditions of imitating Firdawsi and Nizami overlapped, and the poet’s own statements in the introductory portion of the masnavi, which must be read carefully because he might claim to be inspired by a particular poet’s work while creating something of a different nature, as well as the meter of the poem assist in tracing the genealogy of a text.19 Among pre-Mughal Persian poets in India, beginning with Amir Khusraw, the production of versified history was a trend independent of the Ilkhanid one, and according to Aziz Ahmad, the genre was primarily an epic of conquest,20 even though with the Mughals both traditions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Duke University Press

Amir Khusraw and the Genre of Historical Narratives in Verse

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press
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1089-201X
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Abstract

weakness. We must moreover remember that the harvest of epical works surpasses that of the lyrical quality. More numerous and at the same time more successful are the poetical tales of smaller compass.17 According to De Bruijn, “Nizami, through the models in the matnavi form which he created, produced a series of types, each different from the other although there were certain features which they all had in common.”18 The issues of kingship and ethics dealt with in Nizami’s poem Iskandarnamah made it a particularly appealing text for poets writing dynastic poetry. At times, the two traditions of imitating Firdawsi and Nizami overlapped, and the poet’s own statements in the introductory portion of the masnavi, which must be read carefully because he might claim to be inspired by a particular poet’s work while creating something of a different nature, as well as the meter of the poem assist in tracing the genealogy of a text.19 Among pre-Mughal Persian poets in India, beginning with Amir Khusraw, the production of versified history was a trend independent of the Ilkhanid one, and according to Aziz Ahmad, the genre was primarily an epic of conquest,20 even though with the Mughals both traditions

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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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