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Scent in the Islamic garden : a study of Deccani Urdu literary sources

Author: Ali Akbar Husain
Publisher: Karachi : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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"This work explores an enchanting though largely ignored aspect of Muslim culture. The medieval Muslim garden, now a fugitive beauty, lives only in its unforgettable traces - in garden architecture, paintings, Muslim literature, and Muslim medico-botanical writing. This study concentrates on the Muslim garden as represented in Hyderabad, a capital of the Qutb Shahi Sultans. It attempts to conjure up that extinct  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Husain, Ali Akbar.
Scent in the Islamic garden.
Karachi : Oxford University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)604016879
Online version:
Husain, Ali Akbar.
Scent in the Islamic garden.
Karachi : Oxford University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)608125699
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ali Akbar Husain
ISBN: 019579334X 9780195793345
OCLC Number: 45951226
Description: xiv, 284 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Ali Akbar Husain.
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"This work explores an enchanting though largely ignored aspect of Muslim culture. The medieval Muslim garden, now a fugitive beauty, lives only in its unforgettable traces - in garden architecture, paintings, Muslim literature, and Muslim medico-botanical writing. This study concentrates on the Muslim garden as represented in Hyderabad, a capital of the Qutb Shahi Sultans. It attempts to conjure up that extinct glory through accounts of gardens in Deccani Urdu romantic narrative poetry, where the garden as the natural setting of love was described in great detail. A unique feature of the Muslim garden was the emphasis on odour; and plants were chosen for their beauty as well as fragrance. Combined with the surviving architecture of the Deccani garden, the descriptions in Deccani Urdu resurrect for the mind's eye a genre that was basically Islamic yet, mixed with the powerful influences of geography and regional culture, reflected a style of its own."--Jacket.

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