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Samia Khatun

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190922603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190922603.001.0001

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Stories of the Prophets

Stories of the Prophets

(p.27) 2 Stories of the Prophets

Samia Khatun

Oxford University Press

Approaching the 1895 edition of the Bengali Kasasol Ambia that remains in a Broken Hill mosque as a history book, this chapter examines the historical storytelling techniques that this Sufi text employs. I argue that this particular non-modern history book was underpinned by a relationship between humans and knowledge – an epistemology - quite distinct to colonial modern methods of truth production. The chapter makes a methodological argument for animating and reinvigorating non-modern strategies for producing truths about the past and claims continuity to non-modern historiographical traditions.

Keywords:   Battala, Epistemology, Itihasa, Puranas, Tar’ikh, Camels, Lascars, South Asian diaspora, Bengali literature, Dobhasi

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