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Le livre en acte à la cour moghole : le cas des littératures historique et religieuse d’après le Majālis-i Jahāngīrī

Abstract : An account of the night-time sessions presided over by the Mughal emperor Jahāngīr (r. 1605-1627) between 1608 and 1611, the Majālis-i Jahāngīrī by ʿAbd al-Sattār b. Qāsim Lāhawrī (d. after 1619) record at length contemporary debates on a vast variety of topics , to the almost complete exclusion of the major political events of the reign. Even though it is a highly oral work, the text provides a good deal of information on Mughal written culture, especially on two aspects thereof. On the one hand, its multiple references to works of historical, poetic, Sufi and legal literature as well as the anecdotes extracted from these works enhances our knowledge of the Perso-Islamic culture alive at the Mughal court, illuminates (at least in some cases) the channels and actors of transmission (most notably through the commissioning of translations), but also allows one to better understand how this culture was received and used by the elites, first among them the monarch. On the other hand, the details recorded by ʿAbd al-Sattār on the composition of both the Majālis-i Jahāngīrī and the Jahāngīr-nāma (Jahāngīr’s memoirs) shed a new light on the production of Mughal historical literature which appears here as a combination of individual and collective efforts.
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Corinne Lefèvre. Le livre en acte à la cour moghole : le cas des littératures historique et religieuse d’après le Majālis-i Jahāngīrī. Eurasian studies, Brill, 2014, Lecteurs et copistes dans les traditions manuscrites iraniennes, indiennes et centreasiatiques (éd. N. Balbir et M. Szuppe), 12, pp.297-324. ⟨halshs-01956001⟩

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