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Jamali Kamali
A Tale of Passion in Mughal India

by Karen Chase

A unique poetic work that celebrates the heritage monument of Jamali-Kamali in New Delhi.
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Category: Archaelogy, Literature, Poetry
Tags: Mughal era, tomb, poetry, passion
 
IN STOCK
135 x 210 mm | 5.30 x 8.26 in
Hardcover | 80 pages
11 colour photographs
ISBN:
978-81-89995-12-6 (Mapin)
978-1-935677-05-5 (Grantha)?
 
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Table of contents

Jamali-Kamali: The Beauty of a Dervish Cell by Milo Beach

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Notes

Jamali and Kamali
Two Ghazals and a Fragment by Jamali

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Description

Just off busy Mehrauli–Gurgaon Road in Delhi, India, the 16th-century Sufi court poet Jamali is buried in a tomb next to Kamali, of whom the printed matter says “identity unknown,” but who helpful guides say, was the poet’s lover. Little about them is known.
 
Karen Chase envisions love and longing between the two, who according to Delhi’s oral tradition were homosexual lovers. Others believe that Kamali was Jamali’s wife, and some others believe that “Kamali” was Jamali’s nom de plume. Over the reigns of Sikandar, Lodi, Babur and  Humayun, Jamali’s travels take him to Syria, Iran, Baghdad, Ceylon, Mecca, Herat, Damascus, Palestine and Spain, making for many separations. The verse moves from Jamali’s longing to Kamali’s lament, re-creating the interplay between their passionate hearts.

About the Author

Karen Chase lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Her poems, stories and essays have appeared in many magazines and her work has been widely anthologized. She is the award-winning author of two collections of poetry and the non-fiction book, Land of Stone.

Additional Information

With an introduction by Milo Beach.
This is a MapinLit title.

 
 

Praise

One doesn't usually come across a poem — a book-length one at that — dedicated to hearsay. 'Jamali-Kamali: A Tale of Passion in Mughal India' is, despite the cloying strap line, something you wouldn't have seen.

The Mint

“…she creates a sustained and insightful exploration of the erotic and emotional nature of love.”

—Michelle Gillett in The Berkshire Eagle

 

 

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