This is a seminal book, first published in 1961. Over the past six decades, T.N. Devare's work has been widely recognised as a pioneering study to re-discover the glorious heritage of Persian in the Deccan, following the first comprehensive and critical survey completed by the author of Persian manuscript sources and literary works scattered across numerous libraries, archives and repositories in India and abroad.
The book convincingly argues that, the Deccan’s multilingual and multi-religious traditions shaped the evolution of Indo-Persian and produced over nearly four centuries, a distinct literary and cultural world marked by a syncretic character which defied social, political or religious boundaries. The author also makes the case for collaboration between Persian and the regional languages of India, particularly Marathi. It is the rich legacy of Persian in the Deccan Courts with their vast treasures of literature that is preserved in Dr Devare’s work.
The book has been regarded and continues to remain a foundational text for studying the Deccan, be it in the field of history, literature or culture.
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Table of Contents
1. The Role of Saints and Savants of Islām in the Development of Persian Literature 2. Poetry and Patronage of the Sultāns 3. Ministers and the Minstrels of the Muse 4. Poetry and Poets 5. History and Historians 6. Miscellaneous Literature 7. Influence of Persian Language and Literature on Dakhnī and Marāthī
Tukaram Nagesh Devare (1914-57) was born in the former Nizam state of Hyderabad. His early education was at Nanded – presently in Maharashtra – after which he studied at Fergusson College in Poona – now Pune. After obtaining MA, Ph D and LLB from Bombay University, he taught Persian and Urdu at N. Wadia College, Poona as the Head of Department and Vice-Principal. Dr Devare was a scholar of Indo-Persian language and culture in medieval India. His scholarship was however, not limited to just Persian and Urdu, but he also knew English, Arabic, Hindi, Marathi and had some knowledge of Pashto and Telugu.