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A European experience of the Mughal Orient : the Iʻjāz-i arsalānī (Persian letters 1773-1779) of Antoine-Louis Henri Polier

Author: Polier, colonel de; Muzaffar Alam; Seema Alavi
Publisher: New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2001.
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"The complex network of cultural interaction between Europeans and Indians in the eighteenth century generated a range of literature in both European as well as Indian languages, including Persian, which had long been the language of the political and cultural elite of India. While some of the European texts have been linked to larger issues of knowledge generation and the establishment of European rule, the Persian  Read more...
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Polier, colonel de (Antoine-Louis-Henri), 1741-1795.
European experience of the Mughal Orient.
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)604881452
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Polier, colonel de (Antoine-Louis-Henri), 1741-1795.
European experience of the Mughal Orient.
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)605565068
Named Person: Polier, colonel de; Polier, colonel de; Antoine-Louis-Henri de Polier; Polier, colonel de
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Polier, colonel de; Muzaffar Alam; Seema Alavi
ISBN: 019564980X 9780195649802
OCLC Number: 43581589
Language Note: Translated from the Persian.
Description: xiii, 422 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Polier and His Works. I'jaz-i Arsalani. Persian Insha and the style of I'jaz-i Arsalani. Eighteenth-Century India's Encounter With the West. English Company's Continental Underbelly. Colonial Identities in the Eighteenth Century: English or French. Shopping in the Oriental Bazaar. The English Company in the Book Bazaar. The Missionary Shoppers. Shoppers with a Difference: Reuben Burrow, Gentil and Polier. Polier's Orient. Polier's Intervention: Arts and Crafts. The Eighteenth-Century Library of Social Categories. Polier and the Indian Social Categories. Casting the Mughal: The English and the European Way. Polier: A Persianate Mughal Noble. Between the 'Self' and the 'Other' --
Polier's Letters.
Other Titles: Iʻjāz-i arsalānī.
Responsibility: translated and with an introduction by Muzaffar Alam and Seema Alavi.
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This is an English translation of the Persian correspondence between an 18th-century European military officer in India and northern Indian nobility and commoners.  Read more...

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A very attractive (and largely forgotten) moment of cultural interaction and cross-over: what Salman Rushdie has called 'chutnification' ... Muzaffar Alam and Seema Alavi's remarkable book is a Read more...

 
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