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An Indian Passage to Europe : The Travels of Fath Nawaz Jang

Author :  Omar Khalidi (Ed)

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Oxford University Press,Pakistan.
ISBN 9780195979244
Format HardBound
Language English
Year of Publication 2006
Bib. Info xxxii. 188p,; 23cm
Categories Oxford in Asia : Historical Reprints
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Between 1600 -1900, several thousand Indians of many different social classes traveled to Britain. Yet compared with the large number of travelogues and memoirs written by Europeans who visited India during this period only a handful of Indian accounts of Britain and Europe have come to light. One of them is by Mahdi Hasan Khan Fath Nawaz Jang, (1852-1904), a Hyderabad civil servant of Lucknow origin. Travel literature is a large field in Western literary history, particularly in the study of cultural contacts and the making of images and stereotypes. But such is not the case in Indian literature. Because of the sheer quantity and availability of materials, however, most travel accounts focus on the Western perspective of the ‘other.’ Mahdi Hasan Khan Fath Nawaz Jang’s fascinating observations of the British and European society, with Omar Khalidi’s introduction and notes, are among the handful of Indian representations of Europeans in the nineteenth century. This is a much-needed counterpoint to the European representations of the ‘other.’

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