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When Sun Meets Moon: Gender, Eros, and Ecstasy in Urdu Poetry

Scott Kugle


Two poets lived separate lives in the Deccan during the eighteenth century. Comparing them, this book illustrates the complexity of gender, sexuality, and religious practice in Islamic culture. Shah Siraj Awrangabadi (1715–1763), whose name means "Sun," was a Sunni Muslim who, after a youthful love affair, gave up sexual relationships to follow Sufi mysticism. Mah Laqa Bai Chanda (1768–1820), whose name means "Moon," was a Shi'i Muslim and courtesan who transferred her seduction of men to the pursuit of mystical love. Both were Urdu poets who specialized in the ghazal, often fusing a spiritual ... More

Keywords: Deccan, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Siraj Aurangabadi, Mah Laqa Bai, Chanda, Urdu poetry, Ghazal, Sufism, Shiism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469626772
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Kugle, author