Lingua mogolana: The Hindi-Urdu-Hindustani case from the Early Modern perspective of Francois-Marie de Tours (16..-1709)

  • Datum: –15.45
  • Plats: Engelska parken 9-2029
  • Föreläsare: Heinz Werner Wessler
  • Arrangör: indologi
  • Kontaktperson: Heinz Werner Wessler
  • Seminarium

The seminary will be a kind of workshop report on an ongoing project in Indology based on the edition of an early 17th century Hindi/Hindustani dictionary written by the French Capuchin Francois Marie de Tours. At the same time, I will try to contextualize the project in the discussion on the identity of Hindi/Hindustani/Urdu.

In recent years, the term “cosmopolitanism” has been explored as an analytical tool in the study of cultural dynamics of Early Modern India. The focus is on the complexities of the interaction between different discourses, their languages and literatures, and interest bearers in the interaction between South Asia, Europe, and Central Asia.

Cosmopolitanism signals a shift from sociality to humanity, from primordial identities as terms of reference for group solidarity towards open discourse in a pluralist setup. The presence of Catholic missionaries in India around 1700 at the outskirts of the Mogul Empire has recently been discussed in the context of “Catholic Orientalism” I will try to demonstrate how missionary-driven linguists in an overwhelmingly non-Christian context before the advent of large-scale colonialism can be interpreted as arbiters of intercultural exchange.