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Title: L' Akharāvaṭ di Malik Muhammad "Jāysī"
Authors: Campion, Silvia
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: "Akhrāvaṭ" (The Alphabet) is an acrostic ascribed to the sufi poet Malik Muhammad "Jāysī" (born ca. 1494/95). The text, composed in Avadhi, consists of 53 stanzas of seven caupāī lines, followed by a dohā and a sorṭhā. Scholars hold different opinions about the script in which it was first written down, either Perso-Arabic (Jāyas, where Jāysī lived most of his life, was a centre of Muslim learning) or the Kaithi form of Devanagari. "Akhrāvaṭ" is a philosophical-religious poem dealing with three main themes: creation, man and his relation to God, and the final spiritual goal. Jāysī's work appears as the product of a composite culture made up of Islamic, Sufi, Buddhist, Vedantic, Tantric and Nathpanthi elements.
Appears in Collections:Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale

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