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Ruby in the Dust

Poetry and History of the Padmâvat by the South-Asian Sufi Poet Muhammad Jâyasî

Ruby in the Dust
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The Ruby in the Dust presents a groundbreaking new reading of the Indian epic poem Padmâvat (1540), challEnglishing existing interpretations of Jayasi's seminal work and describing how its semantic polyphony reflects the poet's role as mediator between his spiritual and worldly patrons. The broad historical perspective of de Bruijn's interpretation corrects the identification with modern, nationalist notions of Hindu and Muslim identity that have dominated readings of this work until now, revealing a confluence of poetry and history that inspired the many retellings of the tale of Padmavati in Persian and other Indian languages.