P21


The republic of letters: the Islamicate world of writing 
Convenor:
Manan Ahmed (Free University Berlin)
Location:
C401
Start time:
27 July, 2012 at 16:15 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
1

Short Abstract:

This panel will focus on the world of writing, including the arts and practices of epistolary sciences in South and West Asia.

Long Abstract

This panel will focus on the world of writing, including the arts and practices of epistolary sciences in South and West Asia. The genre of epistolary art, the training and careers of secretaries, the productions of divans and compendiums which highlight the finest examples, provides a key insight into the knowledge systems which propagated the political, and the discursive, literary and cultural role played by "writing". Works on grammar, dictionaries, compendiums and collections of poets were integral parts of forming a literary as well as political canon within which advice manuals or conquest narratives could find equal footings. The panelists will trace the developments in South Asia from the early thirteenth century to Mughal period.

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