Friday, August 7, 2015

2 Series Lecture: The Story of Persian in Hindustan - Shariq Khan, 8 & 9 August 2015

Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts
invites you to a two series lecture

The Story of Persian in Hindustan: 
From the beginnings of Islam to the Mughal Empire

Part 1: Sowing the Seed
Saturday, 8 August 2015
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Part II: The Flower in Bloom
Sunday, 9 August 2015
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Shariq Khan

Part 1 : Sowing the Seed
How did Persian wind up in the Indian subcontinent in the first place? Where did it first arrive? The first part of the 2-part lecture traces the arrival of Persian into Sindh, and from there into the great courts of Lahore, Ucch, Multan and Delhi. We will discuss the interaction of the foreign language with India and its Indianization, with special emphasis on a Ghaznavid poet from our very own Lahore.

Part 2: The Flower in Bloom
It is commonly known that Persian was the language of the Mughals, but was this always the case?  Why was Persian chosen to be the language of the empire, instead of the Mughal's native Turkic, or Sanskrit, or Braj? In part 2 , the answer will be explored, as we trace the journey of Persian into Akbar's imperial court and thenceforth to the end of the dynasty.

Shariq Khan has just completed his bachelors with a joint major in History and Asian Studies and a concentration in Islamic Civilizations and Cultures from Kenyon College in Ohio, US. He has also studied Farsi at SOAS, London.

0300 8471855 

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