Risalo

Risalo

by Shah Abdul Latif

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Overview

Shah Abdul Latif’s Risalo is acknowledged across Pakistan and the wider diaspora as the greatest classic of Sindhi literature. In this collection of short Sufi verses, originally composed for musical performance, the poet creates a vast imaginative world of interlocking references to traditional Islamic themes of mystical and divine love and the scenery, society, and legends of the Sindh region.

Latif (1689–1752), a contemporary of the Panjabi poet Bullhe Shah, belonged to the class of Sufi saints whose shrines remain prominent features of the Sindhi landscape. The Risalo reflects Latif’s profound engagement with the fundamental literature of Islam as well as his openness to varied local traditions, including notable poems praising the spiritual devotion of local Hindu yogis.

This edition presents, alongside the original text in the Sindhi Naskh script, the first translation of the Risalo into modern English prose, offering a new readership access to the writings of one of the masters of Sufi poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674975040
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/08/2018
Series: Murty Classical Library of India , #18
Pages: 704
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Christopher Shackle is Emeritus Professor of the Modern Languages of South Asia, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Note On The Text And Translation xxxi

1 Kalyan 2

2 Yaman Kalyan 24

3 Asa 66

4 Khambhat 86

5 Sirirag 102

6 Samundi 130

7 Suhini 146

8 Sasui Abiri 194

9 Ma'zuri 230

10 Desi 250

11 Kohiyari 276

12 Husaini 292

13 Lila Chanesar 324

14 Mumal Rano 338

15 Marui 362

16 Kamod 406

17 Ghatu 418

18 Ramakali 424

19 Khahori 470

20 Purab 482

21 Karayal 492

22 Sarang 500

23 Rip 520

24 Barvo Sindhi 530

25 Kapaiti 540

26 Piribhati 548

27 Sorath 556

28 Dahar 574

29 Bilaval 592

30 Kedaro 606

Notes To The Translation 625

Glossary 651

Bibliography 653

Index 657

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