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This article charts the history of Persian literature in Sindh between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Persian was not only the lingua franca of the Mughal world at this time, but it also became the language in which Sindh's regional identity was developed. This finding complicates the modern notion of a monolingual relationship between Sindh and Sindhi.

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It has long been assumed that Persian was merely a language of imperial administration and literature, while vernaculars were the languages of specific regions and their peoples. However, this article challenges this dichotomy by showing that Persian became an important language to write about and celebrate Sindh.

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This page is a summary of: Regionalization without Vernacularization: The Place of Persian in Eighteenth-Century Sindh, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, November 2020, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15685209-12341527.
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