Epilogue: The Story of Stories

Aditya Behl

in Love's Subtle Magic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195146707
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199978878 | DOI:
Epilogue: The Story of Stories

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What of the sources of the stories, and the source of story itself? More particularly, where do the stories in the Hindavī Sufi romances come from? To answer this question ontologically, we would have to account for the universal human urge to tell stories. This being ultimately unanswerable, we can at least investigate two or three smaller questions, with particular reference to our texts: Who uses common narrative motifs to tell stories? At which particular historical moments do people tell particular stories, and what do they mean at that time and in that place? Can one string together a genealogy of such narrative moments, revealing a story about the stories people tell? This chapter considers the sources of the stories in the wider culture of the Indian Ocean, their translations into Persian, and their subsequent impact on the wider world.

Keywords: Hindavī Sufi romances; Indian Ocean; sources; Persian; stories

Chapter.  6292 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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