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South Asian Literatures and the Qurʾān
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With a Muslim population of over 300 million, south Asia ( India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) is home to the largest concentration of Muslims in the world. Muslims in the region have employed a wide variety of languages to compose their literatures. Among these languages, Arabic and Persian have historically played a cosmopolitan role, for they have enabled south Asian elites to participate and share in literary cultures that extend well beyond the subcontinent to central Asia and the Middle East. In addition to these transnational languages, Muslims have employed a host of ot…

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Asani, Ali S., “South Asian Literatures and the Qurʾān”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00399>

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