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Author Rahman, Tariq, 1949- author.

Title The handbook of Mirza Ghalib's poetry and poetics : commentaries and contemporary concerns / Tariq Rahman
Published Singapore : Springer, 2024


Description 1 online resource
Series Springer handbooks in languages and linguistics, 2731-0698
Springer handbooks in languages and linguistics, 2731-0698
Contents Introduction -- Ghazals and couplets: Meanings and commentary -- Appendix -- Epilogue -- Bibliography
Summary The Handbook of Mirza Ghalib's Poetry and Poetics: Commentaries and Contemporary Concerns is a seminal contribution to Ghalib studies. It provides a detailed commentary in English on the poetry of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, known as Ghalib (1797-1869), arguably the greatest poet of Urdu not only of the 19th century, when he lived, but of all time. Each couplet is explained in English and is underpinned by historical references. Each chapter is rigorous, thorough, and jargon-free, making it accessible to all readers. The commentary relates to the historical reality of Ghalib's time as well as the contemporary period. It quotes several couplets from Urdu, Punjabi and English literature as well as other significant texts that have influenced civilisations, such as the Bible, the Quran, Dhammapada, Bhagwat Gita, Plato, and so on. It touches upon cultural history, too. Ghalib's commentaries - rich in cultural, historical, and literary references - make his work relevant to a wide range of contemporary concerns. The book is a social and literary guide to Indo-Islamicate culture, Iranian pre-Islamic cultural influences and local folk Indian Islam. The Urdu text of Ghalib and poetry in the literary languages of South Asia -- Persian, Urdu and Punjabi -- are transliterated according to a list of symbols that maintain accuracy and accessibility. The book introduces the reader not only to Ghalib's couplets but also to the most famous form of Islamicate poetry, the ghazal, found in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu literary traditions. In turn, it provides an alternative lens to understanding Islam and its interdisciplinary connections within the fields of international relations, politics, and sociology.
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Subject Ghalib, Mirza Asadullah Khan, 1797-1869 -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Urdu poetry -- History and criticism
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789819978922