The Persianate World: The Frontiers of a Eurasian Lingua Franca

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Nile Green
Univ of California Press, Apr 9, 2019 - History - 368 pages
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Persian is one of the great lingua francas of world history. Yet despite its recognition as a shared language across the Islamic world and beyond, its scope, impact, and mechanisms remain underexplored. A world historical inquiry into pre-modern cosmopolitanism, The Persianate World traces the reach and limits of Persian as a Eurasian language in a comprehensive survey of its geographical, literary, and social frontiers. From Siberia to Southeast Asia, and between London and Beijing, this book shows how Persian gained, maintained, and finally surrendered its status to imperial and vernacular competitors. Fourteen essays trace Persian’s interactions with Bengali, Chinese, Turkic, Punjabi, and other languages to identify the forces that extended “Persographia,” the domain of written Persian. Spanning the ages expansion and contraction, The Persianate World offers a critical survey of both the supports and constraints of one of history’s key languages of global exchange.

 
 

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Contents

The Frontiers of the Persianate World ca 8001900
1
PanEurasian Expansions ca 14001600
50
Persian Learning in
75
Persian at the Court or in the Village? The Elusive Presence of Persian
93
Translating Practices at
113
Literary Frontiers
131
Persian Scholarly
159
A Lingua Franca in Decline? The Place of Persian in Qing China
175
Lingua Franca or Lingua Magica? Talismanic Scrolls from
207
An Intimate Example
225
The Khanate of Khivas Translation
243
Iranian Politics as Viewed from
259
An Antiimperialist Poet of the Late
279
The Persianate Millennium
301
Glossary
317
Index
323

Imperial Russia
193

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Nile Green holds the Ibn Khaldun Endowed Chair in World History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Sufism: A Global History and Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam and editor of Afghanistan’s Islam: From Conversion to the Taliban.


 

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