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Presented By: Department of Middle East Studies

A Nineteenth-Century Indian Intertext and the Problem of Modern History

Shahzad Bashir

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This talk will focus on the Persian work Yadgar-e Bahaduri, an encyclopedic account of time and space completed in Lucknow in 1834 that encompasses information coming from Indian, Islamic, and European sources. This work belongs to a class of Indian texts, written circa 1750-1850, whose forms and contents invite reformulating global intellectual history before the establishment of European discursive hegemony. I suggest that thinking with this work helps to generate new ways to appreciate the past as a diversified field of imagination and contestation, in the nineteenth century as well as in our present time.
An image of an old Indian building with multiple arched doorways on multiple levels facing inward toward a courtyard. An image of an old Indian building with multiple arched doorways on multiple levels facing inward toward a courtyard.
An image of an old Indian building with multiple arched doorways on multiple levels facing inward toward a courtyard.

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