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A European experience of the Mughal Orient : the Iʻjāz-i arsalānī (Persian letters 1773-1779) of Antoine-Louis Henri Polier / translated and with an introduction by Muzaffar Alam and Seema Alavi.

By: Polier | colonel de (Antoine-Louis-Henri), 1741-1795.
Contributor(s): Alam, Muzaffar | Alavi, Seema | , 1947-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Oxford India paperpacks.Publisher: New Delhi ; Oxford University Press, 2007Description: xiii, 422 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780195691870 ; 0195691873 .Uniform titles: Iʻjāz-i arsalānī. | 1. English Subject(s): (Antoine-Louis-Henri), -- 1741-1795 -- Correspondence -- Translations into English | India -- History -- 18th century -- SourcesDDC classification: 954.029
Contents:
Polier and His Works. Eighteenth-Century India's Encounter With the West. Shopping in the Oriental Bazaar. The Eighteenth-Century Library of Social Categories. Casting the Mughal: The English and the European Way. Polier's Letters.
Summary: The complex network of cultural interaction between Europeans and Indians in the eighteenth century generated a range of literature in both European as well as Indian languages, including Persian, which had long been the language of the political and cultural elite of India. While some of the European texts have been linked to larger issues of knowledge generation and the establishment of European rule, the Persian literature has remained relatively unintegrated. This has left the debate on the orientalist constructions of India skewed, if not incomplete." "This volume offers a free English translation of the first volume of one such Persian text, a set of letters - between a Franco-Swiss military officer in the service of the English East India Company, Major Polier and a range of Indians, from the emperor and the nobles at court to ordinary trade agents and artisans in the bazaar - written in the wake of critical transitions in north India
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Polier and His Works. Eighteenth-Century India's Encounter With the West. Shopping in the Oriental Bazaar. The Eighteenth-Century Library of Social Categories. Casting the Mughal: The English and the European Way. Polier's Letters.

The complex network of cultural interaction between Europeans and Indians in the eighteenth century generated a range of literature in both European as well as Indian languages, including Persian, which had long been the language of the political and cultural elite of India. While some of the European texts have been linked to larger issues of knowledge generation and the establishment of European rule, the Persian literature has remained relatively unintegrated. This has left the debate on the orientalist constructions of India skewed, if not incomplete." "This volume offers a free English translation of the first volume of one such Persian text, a set of letters - between a Franco-Swiss military officer in the service of the English East India Company, Major Polier and a range of Indians, from the emperor and the nobles at court to ordinary trade agents and artisans in the bazaar - written in the wake of critical transitions in north India

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