348 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, 2 figs., 3 maps, notes, bibl., index
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Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2677-2
Published: June 2016
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2891-2
Published: June 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2678-9
Published: May 2016
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Kugle argues that Sun and Moon expressed through their poetry exceptions to the general rules of heteronormativity and gender inequality common in their patriarchal societies. Their art provides a lens for a more subtle understanding of both the reach and the limitations of gender roles in Islamic and South Asian culture and underscores how the arts of poetry, music, and dance are integral to Islamic religious life. Integrated throughout are Kugle's translations of Urdu and Persian poetry previously unavailable in English.
About the Author
Scott A. Kugle, associate professor of South Asian and Islamic studies at Emory University, is the author of Sufis and Saints' Bodies: Mysticism, Corporeality, and Sacred Power in Islam.
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“Kugle is an engaging storyteller and a talented translator of the Persian and Urdu poetry that sits at the center of the stories he is telling. . . . The key thread in Kugle’s work is that literature is connected to religious life and social thought in ways that are not obvious to modern, Western (or westernized) readers. The book’s great strength is to reconnect these threads in a manner that is engaging, erudite, and experiential.”--Reading Religion
"Lively, engaging, and lucid, When Sun Meets Moon is a jewel of a book that enables a rethinking of normative understandings of the relationship between gender, sexuality and spirituality. Combining a sharp set of analytical insights with a finely honed and fragrant presentation of Sufi aesthetics, this transformative book foregrounds the humanity of these historical poets and displays Scott Kugle's sheer love of Urdu poetry and culture."--Sa'diyya Shaikh, University of Cape Town
"In this book that puts the lives and works of two significant and hitherto overlooked Urdu poets into conversation with each other, Scott Kugle provides unique insight into the composite Islamicate cultures of the Deccan. By successfully integrating accounts of historical and cultural developments in that region into his narrative, he explores the wider religious and social milieu in which these poets wrote and lived. A must read for anyone interested in Urdu literary history and Dakkani culture."--Ali Asani, Harvard University