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Autobiography, Urdu
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The first Urdu autobiographies were written in the 1880s. (The term “autobiography” will be used here in a broad sense, for any kind of consistent autobiographical narrative, including reminiscences that cover only part of the narrator’s life.) These autobiographies engaged in various ways with the colonial situation and particularly with the events of 1857–8. In later autobiographies, the freedom struggle and India’s partition in 1947 came to figure prominently alongside more personal affairs and …

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Oesterheld, Christina, “Autobiography, Urdu”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_27640>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 9789004282100, 2015, 2015-1



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