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1 Francesca Orsini and Samita Sheikh (eds)
After Timur Left: Culture and Circulation in Fifteenth Century North India
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2014; 0199450668 / 9780199450664; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Timur invaded northern India in 1398 but returned to Samarkand a year later. In 1555 the Timurid emperor Humayun came back to India after being forced into exile in Persia and re-established Mughal rule in northern India. Between these two significant dates stretches an era largely consigned to oblivion—the 'long' fifteenth century. The Mughal dynasty has long occupied a pre-eminent position in research on Indian history. It has also been credited with ushering in a radically new age of innovation in art, literature, and statecraft. But what of the period before the Mughals? With the empire-centred study of history privileging periods of political centralization, the multi-centred fifteenth century has remained relatively unexplored and undervalued. After Timur Left presents a path-breaking interdisciplinary set of writings on the politics, languages, religions, literatures, and arts of the fifteenth century. Together they reveal it to be a period of considerable political and social mobility, of cultural connectivity and consolidation, of innovation in literature and language choices, and of new forms of religious organization and expression Printed Pages: 512. 038928

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2 Francesca Orsini (Ed.)
Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2011; 8125042636 / 9788125042631; Softcover; New; 
Today, Hindi and Urdu are considered two separate languages, each with its own script, history, literary canon and cultural orientation. Yet, pre-colonial India was a deeply multilingual society with multiple traditions of knowledge and literary production. Historically the divisions between Hindi and Urdu were not as sharp as we imagine them today. The essays in this volume reassess the definition and identity of language in the light of this. Its aim is to move away from the received historical narratives of Hindi and Urdu, and look afresh at the textual material available in order to attempt a more complex picture of the north Indian literary culture that is more attuned to the nuances of register, accent, language choice, genre and audiences. Various factors that would lead one to consider a broader range of texts and tastes that lay before poets and writers in those times are examined. For instance, why did a Sant write in Nagari Rekhta? Why did a Persian poet or an Avadhi Sufi mix Hindavi and Persian? Whatever their motivations, all these cases speak of an awareness of multiple literary models. It also implies a keenness towards experimenting with other literary or oral traditions that go against the purist intentions of modern literary historians.Printed Pages: 320. 101864

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3 Vasudha Dalmia; with a New Foreword By Francesca Orsini
The Nationalization of Hindu Traditions: Bharatendu Harischandra and Nineteenth-Century Banaras
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8178243040 / 9788178243047; Second Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 507. 033550

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