Arabic as a Language of the South Asian Chancery: Bahmani Communications to the Mamluk Sultanate

A growing body of literature on trade and cultural exchange between the Indian Ocean regions has already contributed significantly to our understanding of these processes and the role of language and writing within them. Yet, the question remains how Arabic correspondence played a part in communicat...

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Published in:Arabica
Main Author: Walravens, Meia
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2020]
In:Arabica
Year: 2020, Volume: 67, Issue: 4, Pages: 409-435
Further subjects:B Maḥmūd Gāwān
B Indian Ocean
B Diplomacy
B Correspondence
B Red Sea and Arabian Sea
B inšāʾ / munšaʾāt
B Islamic manuscripts
B epistolary collections
Online Access: Verlag
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Summary:A growing body of literature on trade and cultural exchange between the Indian Ocean regions has already contributed significantly to our understanding of these processes and the role of language and writing within them. Yet, the question remains how Arabic correspondence played a part in communications between South Asian powers and the rulers in the Red Sea region. In order to begin filling this lacuna, this article studies epistolary writings from the Bahmani Sultanate (748/1347-934/1528) to the Mamluk Sultanate (648/1250-922/1517) during the second half of the ninth/fifteenth century. The contextualisation and discussion of three letters render insight both into the (up to now unstudied) issues at play in Bahmani-Mamluk relations and into the nature of these Arabic texts.
ISSN:1570-0585
Contains:Enthalten in: Arabica
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15700585-12341569