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The First Firangis
The First Firangis

The First Firangis

by Jonathan Gil Harris

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English

Publisher

Aleph Book Company

ISBN

9789382277637 - Year: 2015 - Pages: 318

Binding

Hardcover

Jonathan Gil Harris
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Author: Jonathan Gil Harris
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 318
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789382277637

Description

The First Firangis chronicles the lives of fascinating yet little-known foreigners from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who decided to become Indian.

The Indian subcontinent has been a land of immigrants for thousands of years-waves of migration from Persia, Central Asia, Mongolia, the Middle East and Greece have helped create India’s exceptionally diverse cultural mix. In the centuries before the British Raj, when the Mughal’s were the preeminent power in the subcontinent, a wide array of migrants known as ‘firangis’ made India their home. In this book, Jonathan Gil Harris, a twenty-first-century firangi, tells their stories.

These gripping accounts are of healers, soldiers, artists, ascetics, thieves, pirates and courtesans who were not powerful or privileged. Often they were escaping poverty or religious persecution, many were brought here as slaves, others simply followed their spirit of adventure.

Some of these migrants were absorbed into the military. Others fell in with religious communities-the Catholics of Rachol, the underground Jews of Goa, the fakirs of Ajmer, the Sufis of Delhi. Healers from Portugal and Italy adapted their medical practice in accordance with local traditions.

Gifted artisans from Europe joined Akbar’s and Jahangir’s royal ateliers and helped create enduring works of art. And though almost invisible within the archival record, some migrant women such as the Armenian Bibi Juliana and the Portuguese Juliana Dias da Costa found a home in royal Mughal harems.

Jonathan Gil Harris uses his own experience of becoming Indian through the process of acclimatizing to the country’s culture, customs, weather, food, clothes and customs to bring the stories of these shadowy figures to vivid life.



COMMENT:

‘The First Firangis is a tour de force, combining spectacular archival detective work; thoughtful and scholarly analysis; and a series of extraordinary and seductive stories, many of them completely unfamiliar, all written up in elegant and compelling prose.
== William Dalrymple

Contents

Contents

ON BECOMING ANOTHER
1. Becoming Indian; Or, the Two Dakaits of Hodal

ON ARRIVING
2. Garcia da Orta, the Hakeem of Bombay and Ahmadnagar
3. Thoinas Stephens/Patri Guru, the Kavi of Rachol

ON RUNNING
4. Malik Ayaz, the Nausenaapti of Diu; Chinali, the Navikan of Kottakkal; and Dillanai, the Valiya Kappithaan of Kanyakumari
5. Malik Ambar, the Vakil-us-Sultanat of Khadki

ON RENAMING
6. Mandu Firangi, the Naqqash of Fatehpur Sikri
7. Augustin Hiriart Hunarmand, the javaheri of Agra

ON RE-CLOTHING
8. Bibi juliana Firangi, the Begum of Lahore
9. Juliana Dias da Costa, the Jagirdar of Jogabai

ON SWERVING
10. Thomas Coryate, the Fakir of Ajmer
11. Sa’id Sarmad Kashani, the Yogi-Qalandar of Hyderabad and Delhi

ON WEATHERING
12. Sebastiao Goncalves Tibau, the Harmaadi Raja of Sandwip
13. Niccolo Manucci, the Siddha Vaidya of Madras

ON BEING INTERRUPTED
14. How to Be Authentically Indian

Acknowledgements
Notes
Index

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