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Title: The scented garden in Deccani Muslim literature
Author: Husain, Syed Ali Akbar
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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This Thesis study is concerned with the perception of the medieval Muslim garden within its wider view as an image of Paradise. The study examines the built evidence of gardens in the 17th century setting of Muslim Deccan, sharpening a perception of the Deccani Muslim garden through study of contemporary poetry supplemented with, more general, survey of traditional medicine and horticulture. By identifying concepts which bridge between these various disciplines and through particular attention to a cherished Muslim value - fragrance - the study examines the Deccani garden enclosure for patterns of scent, evaluating the degree to which its (Persian-based) scent composition is tempered with Indian fragrances. The Thesis is made up of two sections. On the one hand, the physical and cultural setting of Deccani Muslim gardens is explored through study of Hyderabad, a 17th century built capital of the Qutb Shahi sultans modelled after the contemporary Iranian capital, Isfahan. Secondly, an image of the garden is conceived by examining garden ornament in terms of the Muslim gardener and by considering the significance of fragrance - as an aspect of garden ornament - in terms of the Muslim physician. On the one hand, therefore, gardening texts are examined; on the other hand, medico-botanical literature, particularly texts concerned with the cardiac (psychosomatic) virtues of plant and animal-based fragrances. The image of the garden is fully fashioned through reference to accounts of gardens in the Persian-inspired narrative romance (romantic masnawi), where the garen as the usual setting of love is described in utmost detail.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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