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The Muhammad Avatāra: Salvation History, Translation, and the Making of Bengali Islam

Ayesha A. Irani

Abstract

The Muhammad Avatāra: Salvation History, Translation, and the Making of Bengali Islam reveals the powerful role of vernacular translation in the Islamization of Bengal. Its focus is on the magnificent seventeenth-century Nabīvaṃśa of Saiyad Sultān, who lived in Arakanese-controlled Chittagong. Drawing upon the Arabo-Persian Tales of the Prophets genre, the Nabīvaṃśa (“Lineage of the Prophet”) retells the life of the Prophet Muhammad for the first time to Bengalis in their mother-tongue. This book delineates the challenges faced by the author in articulating the pre-eminence of Islam and its Ar ... More

Keywords: salvation history, vernacular translation, Islamization, conversion, Islam in Bengal, Bengali Vaiṣṇavism, Arakan, Saiyad Sultān, Nabīvaṃśa, Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190089221
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190089221.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ayesha A. Irani, author
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston