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Reading Nasta`liq. Persian and Urdu Hands From 1500 To The Present

Series: Bibliotheca Iranica: Literature Series 3
Availability: In stock
Published: 2007
Page #: x + 278
Size: 9 x 12
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-56859-213-8, 1-56859-213-2
bibliography, index

 
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Most writing in Persian and Urdu since the fifteenth century from Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia has been in a style known as nasta`liq and its derivative, shekasta. In rapidly written, informal hands these types of writing present serious obstacles to scholars who need to use primary sources in their research. Although calligraphy forms of writing have been fully reviewed and explained, no aids are available to help scholars learn to read these hands. This volume is designed to fill this gap and as an aid to historians, literary scholars, and others who need to read manuscript documents in these two styles of script. It presents seventy six examples, representing literary, bureaucratic, and personal texts. The examples are arranged in a graded sequence according to difficulty. Each is accompanied by a printed transcription and a commentary on difficult or unusual features. An index of ligatures and logographic forms is included, along with a brief annotated bibliography of relevant literature.

author

Brian Spooner

Professor of Anthropology, Penn Museum Curator for Near East Ethnology. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/anthro/faculty/profiles/spooner.html
author

William L. Hanaway

Retired in 1995 after teaching Persian and Persian literature at the University of Pennsylvania for twenty-five years, Prof. Hanaway was Associate Dean of the Middle East Center from 1972-76 and Chairman of the Oriental Studies Department from 1981-88. In addition to publishing numerous articles and book reviews, his most recent books are: “Reading Nasta'liq: Persian and Urdu Hands, 1500 to the Present” (1995, with Brian Spooner) and “Studies in Pakistani Popular Culture” (1996, edited with Wilma Heston).

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