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The Urdu Ghazal: A Gift of India's Composite Culture

Gopi Chand Narang


The Urdu ghazal is a marvel of the magnetic dynamism of husn o i’shq filled with innovative imagery. It is a celebration of life and love in an ambiance of pure ecstasy. It has a profound capacity for joy as well as pain. It is the soul of Urdu verse and the play of creativity at its peak. No other poetic genre is as innately musical as the ghazal. The book presents unique flowering of the Urdu ghazal as a by-product of India’s composite culture that evolved from intermixing of Indian and foreign value systems. This never-before narrated story of the evolution of the Urdu ghazal is documented ... More

Keywords: Urdu Ghazal, Indian Culture, Composite Culture, Influence of Islam, Bhakti Movement, Sufism, Self, Nationalism, Progressivism, Modernism, Postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190120795
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190120795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gopi Chand Narang, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Delhi and Jamia Milia Islamia

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