Oceans and Stories: The Mirigāvatī

Aditya Behl

in Love's Subtle Magic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195146707
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199978878 | DOI:
Oceans and Stories: The Mirigāvatī

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This chapter is about the Mirigāvatī of Qutban, written at the court-in-exile of Sultan Husain Shāh Sharqi of Jaunpur. Qutban's combined the formula of the hero and his two wives with story motifs that are also found in the voyages of Sindbād the Sailor and other narrative traditions from around the Indian Ocean. These motifs have their own histories in local and global storytelling traditions. The chapter traces the Sindbād stories back to a Sanskrit source, the Sānudāsa stories of the Bhatkathī, and places them within the cultural encounters of the trading world of the Indian Ocean. It shows how the intensely local world of Qutban's romance is part of wider global mercantile and cultural trajectories and the circulation and exchange of stories and trade goods.

Keywords: Hindavī Sufi romances; Sultan Husain Shāh Sharqi; Sindbād the Sailor; Indian Ocean; Sānudāsa stories

Chapter.  15208 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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