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Rāma prefiguring Muhammad: A 17th Century Persian Ramayana

2024-07-15 16:28:37

Prashant Keshavmurthy

Rāma prefiguring Muhammad: A 17th Century Persian Ramayana

When

February 17, 2024    
6:30 pm

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Bookings closed

Where

Mazumdar-Shaw auditorium
22, Kasturba Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar , Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560001
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Two Pages from the Ramayana Made for Akbar’s mother, Hamidah Banu Begum, Mughal India, ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper, 37.8 x 24.9cm (page), MSS 955.1–2 

Rāma’s tale was retold around fifty-one times in the Persian language. One of the versions, admired in its time for its metaphors, is Mullā Masīḥ Pānīpati’s Dāstān-i Rām o Sitā, completed in the 1600s and dedicated to the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. It is a masnavī or poem in end-rhymed couplets that traces, in 132 chapters, the main plotline of Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa.

Join us for an illustrated talk by Prashant Keshavmurthy, an associate professor of Persian-Iranian Studies in the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. He will shed light on Masīḥ’s Persian Ramayana, how the text portrays Rama as a prophet prefiguring prophet Muhammad. The talk will compare passages from Masīḥ’s Persian version with those from Vālmīki, and incorporate Mughal paintings from various Persian Rāmāyaṇas.

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Prashant Keshavmurthy

Prashant Keshavmurthy is Associate Professor of Persian-Iranian Studies in the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. He is the author of Persian Authorship and Canonicity in Late Mughal Delhi: Building an Ark (Routledge, 2016) and co-translator of Sohrab Sepehri, The Eight Books: A Complete English Translation (Brill, 2022). He has completed a full translation into English blank verse of Amir Khusraw’s mixed genre poem from 1318, The Nine Skies (excerpted here https://wordpress-884969-4089061.cloudwaysapps.com/nine-skies/), and is writing a monograph on craving and craft in the quintet of the great twelfth century poet Niẓāmī of Ganja.You can view his encyclopaedia entry on Mullā Masīḥ’s Dāstān-i Rām o Sitā here: https://iranicaonline.org/articles/ram-wa-sita

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